Gurgaon civic polls: Tug of war over Mayor’s post begins
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which contested in 20 wards, won one seat. The candidates backed by the Congress, 20, did not contest on the party symbol.gurgaon Updated: Sep 25, 2017 22:14 IST
With fractured mandate in the 2017 Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, the fight over the selection of Mayor seems to be a tight one. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the maximum seats of seats, 14 of the total 35, but is still short of five from the majority.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which contested in 20 wards, won one seat. The candidates backed by the Congress, 20, did not contest on the party symbol.
Rao Narbir Singh, Haryana public works department minister and MLA from Badshahpur, said, “The mayor has to be selected within the next 30 days. We are likely to hold a meeting of party workers and decide on the issue. One thing I would like to clarify is that many of those who won as independents are BJP workers who could not get party symbols.”
As per the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, the divisional commissioner has to complete the process of selecting a mayor by calling a meeting of the winners within 30 days of the notification.
The BJP is trying to woo independents into its fold. Party insiders said seniors leaders are also in a tussle over the selection of mayoral candidates.
The Act states that in the next 60 days, the process of selecting a senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor has to be complete.
A senior MCG official told Hindustan Times that the mayor’s post in Gurgaon and Faridabad are reserved for women from the scheduled caste.
“The divisional commissioner will issue the notification of election results and call a meeting of candidates who won the elections in the next 30 days to select a candidate from among the councillors. A similar process will be repeated for the selection of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor in 60 days,” the official said.
The memory of horse trading drama of selecting Mayor after 2011 MCG election is still fresh in people’s mind.
“BJP has almost announced its mayor candidate. We will go by the choice of our independent candidates. We will wait for the right time,” said Ashok Tanwar, state Congress president.