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Amritsar to get its mayor on Wednesday

punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2012 20:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The intense lobbying within the BJP for the post of city's mayor will end on Wednesday as the newly-elected members of the 65-member House take oath at the municipal corporation premises.

All arrangements are complete for the meeting, which will also see the appointment of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

Senior leader Bakshi Ram Arora and two young councillors Rajesh Honey and Sukhminder Pintoo have emerged as top contenders over the past fortnight or so.

Arora, a veteran, is banking on his seniority in the party and proximity in the senior leadership to get the nod. Both Rajesh honey and Sukhminder Pintoo are two-time councilors and have the backing of influential BJP leaders.

Reportedly, MP Navjot Sidhu is backing Rajesh Honey and Pintoo has the backing of cabinet minister Anil Joshi.

Sources claimed that in the recent party meetings and a meet of councillors, the BJP has arrived at a conclusion, through secret voting.

With alliance partner SAD topping the house with 25 councillors, it will be very important for the BJP Mayor to take along the SAD councilors in key decisions.

However, the job for the new mayor is likely to be a tough one with the creaking civic facilities in the city. Since years, Amritsar has struggled with the problem of water-logging and this year too has not been much different.

The new mayor will also have a major challenge of ensuring cleanliness with garbage disposal emerging as a issue.

Traffic congestion, stray animals, depleted green belts, uncovered sewers, repairing choked sewerage, fighting encroachments are also a few issues, likely to give the mayor sleepless nights.

Talking to HT, Amritsar MC commissioner Dharampal Gupta, said, "All arrangements are complete for the function. The new house will be formed on Wednesday."

The top leadership of BJP and SAD will be present on Wednesday.