Gurgaon civic polls: Contesting on party symbol would have given us an edge, say Cong leaders
Promila Kablana, Seema Pahuja, Rajni Sahni, Naresh Sehrawat were the victorious independent candidates, who had Congress backing.Updated: Sep 25, 2017 21:49 IST
A day after the MCG election result, many Congress leaders said the party should have contested the election on the party symbol. The party workers at Kaman Sarai office celebrated the victory of five candidates who won as independent, supported by the Congress. The party workers said the BJP’s count of 14 seats could go down if the administration allows a recount.
Captain (retd) Ajay Singh Yadav, former Haryana power minister and senior Congress leader, said, “We will take up the issue with the top party leaders that denying party tickets to candidates was a big mistake. Those who were against the same should apologise to the voters who rejected the policy of the ruling BJP. The candidates had shown an interest in contesting the 2017 MCG elections on the party symbol. Seven other candidates emerged runners-up. BJP won 14 seats by manipulation.”
Promila Kablana, Seema Pahuja, Rajni Sahni, Naresh Sehrawat were the victorious independent candidates, who had Congress backing.
After a delay of three years, the Gurugram Municipal Corporation (MCG) was formed in 2008 and the first election was held in May 2011. The second MCG election was to be held in May 2016, however that got delayed till September 24, 2017.
“The BJP and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) have been contesting on party symbols while the Congress maintained its policy of not contesting the MCG election on the party symbol. This was not fair, we could have performed better,” said a party worker Sunder Singh.
BJP contested all 35 seats but won only 14, while INLD contested 23 seats and won only one seat.
Ashok Tanwar, state Congress president, Captain Ajay Singh and other several party workers had appealed to Kamal Nath, party general secretary, to issue candidates party symbols.
“I believe contesting on the party symbol would have given us a wonderful edge and a tough fight to the BJP and INLD as the two have failed to meet the expectation of the people,” Tanwar said.
Umesh Aggarwal, MLA Gurgaon, said, “Congress has vanished that is why it is talking about useless matters.”
First Published: Sep 25, 2017 21:49 IST