Chandigarh:Cross-voting omen which ousted BJP out of the Mayoral elections in 2015 still haunts BJP as the party now is working hard to curb the practice. Whereas Congress is wresting hard on four councillors is now wooing the unhappy BJP councillors to vote for them in the forthcoming Mayoral elections. The election for the Mayor is slated for January 12 for which BJP has flanked Asha Jaswal as Mayoral candidate and Congress has flanked Gurbax Rawat for the post.
Both, Congress and BJP are now trying the permutation and combinations whereas BJP has the kitty in their pocket as it came in with absolute majority in the House. BJP has 20 seats with an additional of one seat of SAD alliance partner making it 21.
However, the speculations are being made that the rebel BJP councillor who contested elections as independent and won is likely to wrest with BJP. Sources said that BJP leaders are now leaving no stone unturned to convince the rebel candidates and unhappy councillors and vote for BJP Mayor.
In 2015, BJP despite having 16 councillors failed to make its Mayor as due to cross-voting, the advantage was taken by Congress and Poonam Sharma was elected Mayor. Sources said that during the elections even nominated councillors also got involved in cross-voting.
On the other hand, this year Congress with meagre strength in the House is now trying to woo the unhappy BJP councillors in wake of making them vote for Congress Mayor. Congress is trying hard to get at least one major seat either of Senior Deputy Mayor or Deputy Mayor in the house.
If Congress manages even a single seat in Mayoral elections, it will be the win for the party despite the fact having just four votes in the House. If the independent winning councillor wrests with BJP, it will be 22 seats for BJP in the House.