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Gurgaon civic polls: BJP bags mayor, dy mayor posts, Congress-backed candidate springs surprise

Pramila’s victory may have been a direct result of the lack of resolution on the BJP’s part for picking the senior deputy mayor.

gurgaon Updated: Nov 03, 2017 16:42 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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(Left to Right) Pramila Kablana, senior deputy mayor; Madhu Azad, mayor and Sunita Yadav, the deputy mayor, pose for a selfie after the MCG mayoral election results were declared.

Madhu Azad, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor from Ward 7, was elected unopposed as the city’s mayor, a post that has been lying vacant for the last 17 months. In a major surprise, Congress-supported Pramila Devi Kablana of Ward 9 bagged the post of the senior deputy mayor after an election, while the post of deputy mayor went to BJP councillor Sunita Yadav, who was also elected unopposed.

The mayoral elections were conducted at the John Hall in Civil Lines on Friday under heavy police cover in the presence of political leaders and senior bureaucrats.

Madhu Azad, the new mayor

With her selection, Azad becomes the city’s first woman mayor and the second mayor, overall, following Vimal Yadav’s election in 2011.

Madhu is the wife of Ashok Azad, who has been with the BJP for nearly two decades. Madhu was an undergraduate student in the Delhi University but did not finish her education. She contested the 2017 Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections for the first time.

Madhu was viewed as a ‘party candidate’ who rose through the BJP ranks. This term, the mayor’s seat had been reserved for a woman candidate from the Scheduled Caste.

Azad and BJP councillor Sheetal Bagri of Ward 10 were the front-runners for the post and senior leaders within the party were divided over their selection.

However, the leaders made a unanimous choice after BJP state president Subhash Barala held a series of meetings with party members at the state office on Thursday evening and at Hotel Acura in Civil Lines on Friday morning.

Pramila Kablana, the unexpected winner

Pramila, the wife of senior Congress leader Gaje Singh Kablana, fought the 2017 elections as an independent candidate after Congress decided against contesting the elections on party symbol.

Pramila’s victory may have been a direct result of the lack of resolution on the BJP’s part for picking the senior deputy mayor.

BJP’s pick, Brham Yadav, councillor of Ward 13 was reportedly backed by PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh. However, he faced resistance from within the party, from the faction backed by Rao Inderjit Singh, sources said.

Pramila bagged 23 of 35 votes.

Sunita Yadav, the new deputy mayor

Sunita was widely expected to bag a post in the mayoral elections. The two-time councillor from Ward 33 is the wife of senior BJP leader Anil Yadav.

BJP had won 14 of 35 seats in the MCG elections on September 24 and later garnered the support of 12 councillors, following which it became clear that the top post would be bagged by the BJP.

Unlike last elections, where BJP and INLD councillors had boycotted the polls, all councillors cast their votes.

Gurgaon didn’t have elected representatives since June 2016, after a delimitation order by the urban local bodies (ULB) contended that the city’s population was less than 10 lakh and the ward count needed to be revised from 35 to 33.

Later, the population figures were found to be in excess of 10 lakh and revision of the number of wards was no longer required.

The sequence of events

April 2016: A delimitation order by the urban local bodies (ULB) contended that city’s population was less than 10 lakh and the wards count needed to be revised from 35 to 33. MCG elections postponed indefinitely.

June 30, 2016: Term of councillors ends

September 9, 2016: Ad hoc committee formed to oversee delimitation order.

September 25, 2016: Ad hoc committee finds the city’s population to be above 10 lakh.

December 16, 2016: Post for mayor reserved by ULB for a woman candidate from the Scheduled Caste.

December 20, 2016: State committee recommends changes in the demarcation of wards.

February 1, 2017: Petition filed against demarcation of wards in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

August 30, 2017: Election Commission notifies date for MCG elections.

September 24, 2017: MCG elections conducted and results announced the same day.

November 3, 2017: Mayoral elections conducted and results announced the same day.

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 16:32 IST