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BJP’s leaders ready to take MCD reins

delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2007 04:32 IST
BJP’s leaders ready to take MCD reins

The winds of change that brought the BJP back to power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will usher in a new leadership in the Town Hall.

Some of the faces like those of Hauz Khas councillor Arti Mehra, Subhash Nagar councillor Subhash Arya and Rohini Councillor Vijender Kumar Gupta are familiar. Others are stalwarts swept out by the Congress wave in 2002 municipal elections, but who have now made a comeback. Still others are old-time party workers, who were rewarded with tickets by the party this time.

Third time BJP councillor Arti Mehra, known to be close to senior party leader L.K. Advani, is being seen as a prospective candidate for the post of Mayor. A high profile leader, Mehra showed her might by bagging a ticket from a general seat that she won by a thumping margin of about 2,700 votes.

Rohini Councillor Vijender Kumar Gupta, also a third time councillor, will also be a key-player in the new set up. Gupta has won the elections by the highest victory margin of 9,100 votes.

Former Standing Committee chairman Prithvi Raj Sawhney, who won the elections from Janakpuri ward, has made a comeback. He is also likely to hold an important post. Jagdish Mamgain, who has so far managed to party affairs in the BJP Pradesh office, has entered the political fray by winning the Kasturba Nagar seat. Mamgain displaced the Congress from Jangpura that has held on to this ward since 1977.