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Gurgaon civic polls: 34 candidates file nominations

Candidates flocked to the nomination centres that have been set up at the Mini Secretariat, Kadipur community centre, Vikas Sadan, Haryana roadways office at the bus stand, Zila Parishad office and sub-tehsil office in Sector 56.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 11, 2017 22:02 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
MCG elections,Gurgaon civic elections,Gurugram civic elections
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yet to announce its complete list and Congress members still divided over contesting the elections on the party symbol, there is growing uncertainty among prospective candidates.

As many as 34 prospective candidates filed their nominations for the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections on Monday, according to the district administration officials.

Candidates flocked to the nomination centres that have been set up at the Mini Secretariat, Kadipur community centre, Vikas Sadan, Haryana roadways office at the bus stand, Zila Parishad office and sub-tehsil office in Sector 56.

Until Monday, only a solitary candidate, from ward 28, had filed a nomination for the elections on the opening day. The candidate was from ward 28.

Among those who filed nominations were RS Rathee, the president of DLF Qutab Enclave RWA and Gurgaon Citizens’ Council, and the spokesperson for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who is eyeing to win the elections as an independent candidate from ward 34.

“I have been carrying out development works across Gurgaon since 2001. My wife, Rama Rathee, was a councillor in the previous term and people are well acquainted with the contributions that my family has made for safeguarding the interests of the citizens. I have filed this nomination to ensure continuity in progressive development in the city,” Rathee said.

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yet to announce its complete list and Congress members still divided over contesting the elections on the party symbol, there is growing uncertainty among prospective candidates.

In the circumstances, a few candidates opted to submit their nomination form despite getting a party seat as they are fearful that they may miss out on their nomination for the elections owing to the uncertainty.

“Members of the party are still undecided on contesting the elections with the party symbol. Prospective candidates have been kept in the dark over their nomination. In such a scenario, I have submitted my nomination for the MCG elections as an independent candidate. If the party later approves my candidacy from my ward, then I will affiliate myself with the party,” a prospective candidate of the Congress said.

As reported earlier, a large number of nominations are expected to be filed on Tuesday as it coincides with the occasion of ‘Mahalakshmi Vrat’, which is expected to bring good fortune as per Hindu beliefs.

Around 500 candidates are expected to file their nominations for the MCG elections. The process of nominations closes on September 13, following which documents of prospective candidates will be scrutinized by the officials of the election commission.

The final list of candidates will be released on September 15.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 22:02 IST