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Draw of lots deals body blow to Cong, 6 councillors lose wards

The Congress received a body blow on Friday as wards represented by six of its councillors, including three former mayors, were reserved in the draw of lots for reservation of wards

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2016 12:57 IST
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The Congress received a body blow on Friday as wards represented by six of its councillors, including three former mayors, were reserved in the draw of lots for reservation of wards.

Chandigarh state election commissioner Rakesh Mehta conducted the draw at the UT guest house.

The list also includes two councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) who will have to change their wards if they wish to contest municipal election to be held in the third week of December on the basis of the 2011 Census.

The code of conduct will come into effect from November 15, the election commissioner said.

The six wards reserved for scheduled caste (SC) candidates are ward 5, represented by former Congress mayor Subhash Chawla; ward 7 (former party mayor Poonam Sharma); ward 11 (Darshan Kumar Garg of Congress); ward 12 (Sheela Devi of Congress); ward 6 (Sat Parkash Aggarwal of BJP) and ward 23 (Jannat Jahan of BSP).

Wards 5 and 6 were reserved for SC (women).

The wards that have been reserved for women (general candidate) are ward 2, represented by Saurabh Joshi of BJP, ward 13 (Harphool Chander Kalyan of Congress) and ward 17, represented by Mukesh Bassi of the Congress.

Even as the wards of some women councillors have been reserved for women in general category, councillors Harjinder Kaur (SAD) from ward 15, Gurbax Rawat of Congress from ward 9, Asha Jaswal (BJP) from ward 4 and Sheela Devi (Congress) from ward 12 will not be affected.

The Congress has expressed a strong resentment on the draw of lots. In a dissent note to the state election commissioner, the party’s Chandigarh president Pardeep Chhabra said the procedure adopted for draw of lots is against the constitution. On this, Congress councillor Subhash Chawla and city mayor Arun Sood had a heated argument.

CHAWLA MAY CONTEST AGAINST MAYOR SOOD

Former mayor Subhash Chawla is likely to contest against city mayor Arun Sood from ward 8.

Poonam Sharma may explore ward 4 as an option against BJP councillor Asha Jaswal. Former mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan will be contesting from ward 7, reserved for SC candidates.

Mukesh Bassi, who contested from ward 17 last time, is likely to opt for ward 21 against BJP councillor Heera Negi. Darshan Kumar Garg will not be contesting this time.

BJP’S MOVE

Sat Parkash Aggarwal, whose ward has been reserved for SC candidate, will not be contesting this time, while Saurabh Joshi is likely to move to ward 1, where BJP councillor Raj Bala Malik is a councillor. Malik is likely to contest from ward 2, reserved for woman candidate.