Taking serious note of the defeat in mayoral elections, the BJP has suspended all four councillors who voted for a Congress mayoral candidate. They didn't vote for BJP nominee Seema Pahuja, who lost to Vimal Yadav by 11 votes.
The suspended councillors are Ravinder Yadav of ward No. 2, Yogender Singh of ward No. 7, Mangat Ram of ward No. 10 and Sunita Yadav of ward No. 33.
A three-member BJP committee had submitted its report to state president Keshav Pal Gujjar on Friday. "Within a day of submitting the report, the state president suspended the four councillors. They were also served a show cause notice. If their reply is satisfactory, they may be taken back on board. Otherwise they will be expelled from the party," said Veer Kumar Yadav, general secretary, Haryana BJP. The party has given 10 days for the four councillors to reply.
The mayoral election was riddled with confusion and disappointment for Seema Pahuja, who was with Congress before she fought the election for BJP.
The BJP reportedly allied with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) to install a non-Congress mayor. But INLD councillors didn't vote, citing horse trading.
Mayoral poll recap
Congress candidate Vimal Yadav, 32, was elected as the first city mayor and he defeated his opponent Seema Pahuja by a huge margin.
Parminder Kataria was elected deputy mayor and Yashpal Batra was chosen senior deputy mayor. They belong to the Congress though they had contested as independent candidates in the municipal elections.