The third day of filing nominations for elections to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) witnessed a record number of candidates submitting their papers to the returning officer.
The candidates who filed their nominations on Saturday included 11 from Indian National Lok dal (INLD) and five from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while the rest were independents. A total of 127 candidates filed their nominations, taking the number to 170.
The last date of filing nominations is May 2. The polls will be held on May 15.
According to a report received from returning officer-cum-additional deputy commissioner VS Hooda's office, Promilla Devi of INLD filed her nomination from ward no. 5.
Similarly, Jagmohan Chauhan of INLD and Yadram of BJP filed nominations from ward 6.
Seven candidates have filed their nominations from ward 5.
Similarly eight, four and two candidates filed their nominations from ward 6, 10 and 12 respectively. One candidate each filed his nomination from ward 4 and 11. INLD's Sonia filed nomination from ward 2, while Reena of INLD and Anita Saini of BJP will contest from ward no. 28.
Candidates draw a blank on duties
While Saturday remained hectic with 127 candidates filing nominations for the hot seat of a municipal councillor, very few seem to be aware of the responsibilities and duties it entails.
The candidates include former state and central government employees, corporate executives, businessmen, lawyers and social activists but majority drew a blank when asked specific roles of a councillor. Santosh Devi contesting from ward no 28 said, “I will help in the upliftment of backward sections and perform every duty that is given to me.” When asked specifically about her functions, she said, “I will perform every duty to my best capability.”
Similarly, Amarjeet Yadav from ward no 17 was very clear about his agenda but not his duties. When asked if a councillor had any decision-making powers, he replied, “I do not think a councillor has those kind of powers. If at all they are given any grants, they can allocate it for developmental works after prior approval of the corporation.”
All duties and responsibilities are mentioned in the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973 and Rules.
NOC from power dept first hurdle
Gurgaon: Residents of high-rises wishing to fight elections of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, are finding it difficult to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the electricity department that is a must to file nominations.
Candidates living in condominiums found it a tedious job as their bills are generated by their respective resident welfare associations and not directly by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
“I stay in Malibu Towne on Sohna Road where a cumulative electricity bill is received by the association which in turn generates individual bills for each apartment or house according to their meter reading. It was very difficult for me to get an NOC from DHBVN,” Raman Sharma, who is contesting from ward 26, said.
Similarly another candidate who does not wish to be named echoed the sentiments. “The officials in the election office or MCG office are not aware of the documents to be submitted.”
Finally, candidates submitted a copy of their electricity bill and the cumulative bill received by their association.