The elections to the post of SAS Nagar municipal corporation mayor will be held on March 11. The mandatory 72-hour notice before the elections was given on Sunday evening.
The mayor will be elected by voting through show of hands at the MC Bhawan on Thursday at 11am.
Even as the administration has decided to conduct the elections, it doesn’t seem to be smooth ride as two Independents have challenged the move to reserve the mayor’s post for women and the result of ward 47 is still pending in the court.
Manjit Singh Sethi and Harpal Singh Channa, who won elections from wards 14 and 50, respectively, filed different petitions challenging the decision of reserving the mayor’s post for women. The court will take up the petition for hearing on Monday.
Ward 17 councillor Manjit Singh Bedi says he will move the court on Monday against the decision of voting for the mayor through show of hands. Talking to HT, he said: “This is encroaching upon our right to vote. Secret ballot should be the way and I am going to oppose this move.”
MC Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said: “We have decided on the date of elections and everything will go accordingly unless we are stopped by the court.”
After the results on February 22, the Kulwant Singh-led group of Independents won 11 seats while two other Independents managed two seats making the tally to 13.
Meanwhile, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance ended up winning 14 and 22 seats, respectively. But with no party getting the majority to elect the mayor, the Congress and the SAD-BJP are depending upon Independents to see their mayoral candidates through.
Kulwant Singh contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib.
The rebel group led by Kulwant was formed after differences with SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia.