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Mayoral polls: 2 women lawyers set for face-off

chandigarh Updated: Dec 05, 2014 09:25 IST
Hillary Victor
Hillary Victor
Hindustan Times

With less than a month to go for mayoral elections on January 1, parties have started gearing up for the same and it is set to be a contest between two advocates as Poonam Sharma of the Congress and Asha Kumari Jaswal of BJP-SAD have emerged as the front-runners from among their parties.

With the fourth year of the House to begin in 2015, the seat this time is reserved for women candidates (general category).

The Congress, which has won the mayor’s post continuously for seven years in a row, will have a tough time this time as three party councillors have joined the BJP and they have now 15 votes, including the vote of independent councillor and MP Kirron Kher, who is an ex-officio member.

BJP just requires three more votes to get the post of mayor as the Congress is left with nine councillors. For winning the elections, a candidate needs 18 votes.

Role of 9 independent councillors crucial

The nine nominated councilors play a decisive role in electing the mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor as both the Congress and the BJP have more or less equal number of councillors.

In past three years, they have supported the Congress for the mayor’s post, but in January, they supported the BJP-SAD combine for the post of deputy and senior deputy mayor. In 2012, BSP, who have two members in House contested for the mayor’s post unsuccessfully, but over the past two years they have been supporting the Congress for mayor’s post. Both front-runner are city-based lawyers.

Other names doing the rounds include Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat, while from the BJP-SAD combine, Harjinder Kaur and senior deputy mayor Heera Negi are in fray.

BJP councillor Arun Sood said, “We are waiting for the notification of elections and then we will decide on candidature.” The second House term is reserved for any candidate from the general category; the third is reserved for a candidate from the Scheduled Caste; fourth term is for a woman candidate from the general category. The fifth term is reserved for general category.