Date for mayoral elections likely to be announced on Monday
Gurgaon has been without a mayor, senior deputy mayor or a deputy mayor since June 2016, when the last term of the councillors ended. Mayor‘s post has been reserved for a woman candidate from the Scheduled Caste; main candidates are Madhu Azad and Sheetal Bagri, both BJP councillorsgurgaon Updated: Oct 27, 2017 22:28 IST
The city’s long wait for a mayor may soon come to an end as sources at the divisional commissioner office have revealed that the date for the mayoral elections is expected to be announced on Monday.
The notification for mayoral elections was issued on October 3 by the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and as per rules, the election is to take place within 30 days of the order.
“We have to issue a notification for the mayoral elections at least 48 hours before the last date and may take a call on the decision on Monday,” said D Suresh, divisional commissioner.
Gurgaon has been without a mayor, senior deputy mayor or a deputy mayor since June 2016, when the last term of the councillors ended.
With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 14 of 35 seats in the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections and getting the support of nearly a dozen independent candidates, the candidates for the three posts are likely to be decided by the leaders of the ruling political party.
For the post of mayor, which has been reserved for a woman candidate from the Scheduled Caste, the main candidates in the fray are Madhu Azad, the BJP councillor from ward 7 and Sheetal Bagri, the BJP councillor from ward 10.
Sources said that the decision to support different candidates has led to a major divide among senior political leaders of the BJP.
One of the sides is of the view that Azad should be their pick as she contested the elections as a party candidate whereas Bagri, who rebelled and was ousted from the party before elections, rejoined after winning as an independent candidate and is considered an ‘outsider’, according to sources.
It has emerged that Sunita Yadav, BJP candidate from ward 33, who had also won the MCG elections in 2011, is in the fray for the post of the senior deputy mayor while the BJP is considering designating a leader from the bania caste as the deputy mayor.
“The senior deputy mayor’s seat is likely to go to councillor from Yadav community while the deputy is likely to be from the bania community,” said a political leader who is a part of the developments.