The Chandigarh Congress on Saturday declared Bhupinder Singh Badheri as its candidate, while the SAD-BJP has fielded Hardeep Singh for the municipal corporation (MC) by-elections from ward number 10. The elections are scheduled to be held on March 1.
The seat has been lying vacant after the death of SAD councillor Malkiat Singh since October last year. Malkiat fell ill during his 10-day study tour to Port Blair, Kolkata and Chennai. SAD has fielded Malkiat's brother Hardeep.
While Congress loyalist Badheri, who contested the by-elections from the same ward in 2009, won the seat by 33 votes after defeating Malkiat, he could not get the ticket in 2011. In the same year, the party gave ticket to Jasbir Singh Bunty, who lost to Malkiat by 483 votes.
Ward number 10, which comprises sectors 41 and 42 and villages of Badheri, Attawa and Buterla, has population of nearly 35,000 and 24000 voters.
The last day of filling the nominations is February 9. Scrutiny will be held on February 10 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 13. Polling will be held on March 1, while results will be declared on March 3. There is a maximum limit of Rs 1.75 lakh on election expenses which a candidate can incur. The security deposit for contesting the elections is Rs 3,000.
The elections will be held at 22 polling stations. Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-A, polling station, has the highest number of 1,477 voters, while Badheri Government Model High School in Sector 41-D has the minimum of 698 voters.
Pardeep Chhabra, president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), said Badheri was strong candidate and the Congress would win the seat with thumping majority.
Jagjit Singh Kang, president of the city unit of SAD, said they had decided to field Hardeep Singh as his brother (Malkiat) had done good work. They hoped that he would complete all pending projects in the ward. They were hopeful of wining the seat, he said.
Bhupinder Singh Badheri (50)
Education qualification: Matriculation
Posts: In 1993, he was elected as sarpanch of Badheri village, while in 2003 and 2010, he was elected as chairman of Chandigarh market committee and senior deputy mayor, respectively
Hardeep Singh (31)
Posts: Currently, he is general secretary of SAD, Chandigarh, and contesting elections for the first time