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Six councillors, backed by Gurgaon MP join BJP, party tally at 20

Those who joined the party were Dinesh Saini (ward no 8), Rajni Sahni (ward no 17), Navin Dahiya (ward no 12), Ashwani Sharma (ward no 19), Sunita Yadav (ward no 22) and Kuldeep Bohra (ward 31).

gurgaon Updated: Sep 27, 2017 22:28 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times
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Rao Inderjit Singh, minister of State addresses the media persons along with six independent MCG candidates who joined BJP.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Six independent councillors, supported by Gurgaon member of Parliament and union minister Rao Inderjit Singh, joined the BJP fold just days after winning the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) ward elections as
independent candidates on Wednesday.

These councillors were denied party tickets but they fought the municipal polls and won by handsome margins even without the party’s backing.

With six more councillors joining the party, the BJP tally in the house has now increased to 20 and the party has majority, said Inderjit Singh who was present at the ‘ghar wapsi’ of these councillors held at BJP office in Sector 10A.

Those who joined the party were Dinesh Saini (ward no 8), Rajni Sahni (ward no 17), Navin Dahiya (ward no 12), Ashwani Sharma (ward no 19), Sunita Yadav (ward no 22) and Kuldeep Bohra (ward 31).

While two councillors who returned to the party fold were sacked by the party, the remaining four also owed allegiance to Singh. They had also sought party tickets for them in the recently held elections.

The Gurgaon Parliamentarian also said the BJP will finalise the mayoral, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor candidates before Diwali.

While welcoming the councillors to the BJP, Singh said the faith of these party workers had remained with the BJP even after they were denied tickets.

“All six are young and have complete faith in the BJP. That is why they are returning to the party. This has also raised the number of councillors to 20 and it is likely more will join the party,” he said.

When asked why the party had failed to give tickets to winnable candidates, Inderjit Singh did not refrain from taking a dig at the party, which he referred to as “a large ocean”.

“Decisions are taken and some of them are right, while others are proved to be wrong. Had the ticket distribution been done in a better way, the party score would have been far better. The selection of candidates was wanting,” he said.

According to sources in the party said five more independent candidates who are allied to PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh are likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party within a day or two and it is likely that there would be keen contest for the mayoral post within the party.

With the post of mayor reserved for a woman from the scheduled caste category, the competition is likely to be between Madhu Azad, who won from ward no 7 and Mithlesh Kumari from ward no 1.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 22:28 IST