In the hot morning on Thursday, 18 newly-elected councillors of Gurgaon got the privilege to meet the Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda for a brief introduction.
It was a show of strength for the Congress leaders of Gurgaon — Sukhbir Kataria and Rao Dharampal (both are members of Hooda’s government) — who are unequivocally confident of electing the mayor from the party.
With this, the Congress seems to have sailed through for the post of mayor as it requires the magic number of 17 councillors to prove majority as it also have three MLA and one MP votes to make a total of 21. The voting for mayor would be decided on the basis of 40 votes, 35 councillors and 4 votes for 3 MLAs and one MP.
However, seven independents, including those who contested on the support of the RWA outfits such as GCC, stayed away from attending to the ‘courteous’ meet with CM.
It’s interesting to note that the Congress was the only party which didn’t give any party tickets or its symbol to its followers to contest municipal elections, whereas it has successfully managed to bring majority of councillors on board.
“Out of 25 independent councillors, Congress invited 22 to join this meeting. Out of them some didn’t turn up because of some unavoidable reasons,” said GL Sharma, district president of Congress.
“There is not even 1% of doubt in our belief that the mayor will be from the Congress. Today’s meeting is testimony to the fact that the majority of councillors (18 out of 35) are with our party,” said Sukhbir Kataria, MLA.
While defending the party decision of not giving the party tickets during the elections, Rao Dharampal said: “Our party is so huge that there were around 10 aspiring councillors in each ward. Had we given tickets to some, others would have got miffed.”
The councillors showed unanimity in their support to the party but no decision on the election of mayor was done at the meeting. “It was just two minute meeting where the CM told the councillors that you should stay united and give a unanimous support to the ruling party. About the election of mayor, the decision will be taken soon after Rao Inderjit Singh (MP) returns to India tomorrow,” added Sharma.
The councillors who attended the meet were Monika Yadav, Vimal Yadav, Lakhpat Kataria, Seema Pahuja, Yashpal Batra, Rajni Sahni, Anup Singh, Subhash Singhla, Suresh Kumar, Ravinder Kataria, Virender Singh (Binder), Virender Yadav, Kalu Ram, Subhash Fauzi, Rajender Yadav, Saroj Yadav, Ashok Yadav and Sunder Singh.
Who stayed away included Rishi Raj Rana from ward no. 1, Parminder Kataria (6), Deepak (15), Khajan Singh (22) Nisha Singh (30), Mahesh Dayma (32) and Rama Rani Rathee (34).
Hooda asked the members to remain in contact with the people of their wards. The members will be consulted while preparing the development schemes of Gurgaon and money will be no problem for the development schemes, he said.