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Congress drops half of sitting councillors

The Congress party on Sunday dropped more than half of its sitting councillors in its first list of candidates for the upcoming MCD elections, causing a lot of heartburn and dissent among its ranks.

delhi Updated: Mar 26, 2012 00:30 IST
Hamari Jamatia

The Congress party on Sunday dropped more than half of its sitting councillors in its first list of candidates for the upcoming MCD elections, causing a lot of heartburn and dissent among its ranks.

About 35 of its 60 councillors have been refused tickets. Reasons varied from reservation or de-reservation of wards or not having enough political support.

Moreover, the party has given tickets to nine relatives of MPs, MLAs, former MLAs, councillors and former councillors. This has further miffed many sitting councillors.

Relatives who got tickets include the wife of MP Mahabal Mishra’s brother Vimla Devi from Sitapuri ward, councillor Mehmood Zia’s sister Seema Tahira from Bazaar Sita Ram ward, MLA Chaudhary Prem Singh’s son Pramod Chaudhary from Ambedkar Nagar, councillor Chandi Ram’s wife Attri Devi from Nilothi, councillor Uma Sharma’s husband Harsh Sharma from Kashmere Gate and Congress leader Jitender Kochar’s wife Nutan Kochar from Hauz Rani ward.

Councillors who have been ruled out of the election race by the Congress are fuming. And party sources say they might either try and contest as independents or play spoilsport by stealing supporters from their chosen candidates.

“This is what happens every elections. Those who are ruled out will try and spoil a candidate’s chances of winning,” said a Congress leader.

Congress announced its first list of 263 candidates for the total 272 Delhi municipal seats leaving nine seats, for which a consensus was not arrived at. Fifteen Muslims, including seven women, also figure in the list. Five doctors are also on the list.

The list also includes six candidates who lost in the 2007 municipal elections. They are Ramesh Pandit, Sanjay Puri, Ravi Kalsi, Zamir Ahmed Munna, Varyam Kaur and Ramesh Dutta. According to the party, these candidates lost by a small margin and so should be given a second chance.

The seats for which candidates are yet to be finalised are Kirari Suleman Nagar (SC), Moti Nagar, Madipur (SC-W), Vishnu Garden, Khayala (W), Mahipalpur, Said-ul-Ajaib, GK-I and Brahmpuri.