SAD-BJP alliance relying on independents for mayor’s poll

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 14:24 IST

Even though SAD-BJP won 22 of 50 seats here, it is the support of independents which they need to form majority to elect mayor. A total of 26 seats are required to form majority. Decision of independents, who have won 13 seats, will now be a decisive factor in the election of mayor.

The SAD rebel group being led by Kulwant Singh has managed 11 of 13 seats and the group is confident that even the rest of the two will be with them. Meanwhile, all these independents came up with a great performance in their respective wards.

Tagged as rebels, these candidates, who contested independently, had to fight even those from their respective parties.

One such example was RP Sharma from ward number 1, where he had returned his ticket to the BJP to go with his group and contested independently. He got elected with 1,047 votes in his ward. Replacing him, the BJP had fielded Lakhvir Singh who managed only 345 votes. Congress candidate Mohinder Singh Dhillon from the ward finished last with 181 votes.

Meanwhile, Kulwant Singh also won from his ward with a lead of 687, defeating Congress candidate Rajinder Singh, who got 172 votes. Kulwant got a total of 859 votes.

Amteshwar Kaur, another from the group, contesting from ward number 29 won with a narrow margin of three votes. Phool Raj, also from the group, won from ward number 21 with 729 votes and got a lead of 271 votes, defeating Congress candidate Jagir Singh who got 306 votes.

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