In a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of mayoral polls on January 6, it had to cancel the dinner party hosted for nominated councillors at the last hour.
The BJP had planned a dinner party for all nominated councillors at Punjab Bhawan in Sector 3 on Sunday and the party’s candidate for the mayor’s post Heera Negi had herself called up the nominated councillors, inviting them for the dinner by saying that the dinner had been hosted by the three candidates for the mayoral posts and senior BJP leaders.
However, a few minutes later, nominated councillors got a call from former union minster and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, who said the dinner party was hosted from his side.
Sources in the BJP said only two nominated councillors agreed to attend the party, while seven refused to attend it, citing prior commitment as the reason. As a result, the dinner was cancelled.
On the other hand, Heera Negi said, “We decided to cancel the dinner following the decision Both Heera Negi (BJP) and Poonam Sharma (Congress), candidates for the mayor’s post, aim at providing solution to parking and traffic issues troubling the city residents. Both want to solve the problems in their own way, if one wants to get flyovers, the other wishes to get underpasses in the city. Talking to HT ahead of mayoral polls on January 6, the candidates list out their priorities. by the senior party leaders.”
Surprisingly, the dinner invitation was also given to two Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) councillors Jannat Jahan and Naresh Kumar, who also refused saying that they were busy and had other commitments.
One of the nominated councillors said if they would have accepted the invitation, it would have meant that they were affiliated to the BJP.
“Also, why are they inviting us just two days before the elections? In the past one year, they never offered water to us. Most of us decided not to be a part of this dinner party. They are now luring us to vote in their favour, but we will only go on merit when it comes to electing the mayor,” he added.
Both mayoral candidates carried out campaigning on Sunday. They met fellow councillors and sought votes in their favour.They also made calls to nominated and elected councillors highlighting their agendas.