NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT PRABHAT JHA ON SUNDAY HAD MET COUNCILLORS AND SENIOR PARTY LEADERS. HOWEVER, HE FAILED TO ANNOUNCE THE NAMES OF CANDIDATES OF THE MAYOR, SENIOR DEPUTY MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR
As the BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha failed to announce bring consensus among the BJP councillors to finalise the names of candidates for the various mayors’ post, so the party high command will announce the names on Monday. Last date for filing nominations is January 14 at 3 pm.
On Sunday, Jha met the councillors and senior party leaders and was expected to formally announce the name of the party candidates but a decision could not be taken because of the internal conflict in the party. MP Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon also attended the meeting. Sources said that during the two-and-a- half hour meeting most of the councillors vehemently opposed the name of Rajesh Kalia’s who was considered one of the strong contenders for the post of mayor.
Satish Kainth, Bharat Kumar, Farmila and Rajesh Kalia are in the race for the post of mayor, reserved for a candidate of the Scheduled Caste category.
“Both Tandon and Kher are eyeing the parliamentary ticket and want councillor from their group to grab the MC’s top post. Jha was told that any of the three _ Bharat Kumar, Satish Kainth and Farmila _ should get the ticket,” said a Tandon group councillor. “Out of the four contenders, the MP group councillors said that they cannot finalise Kalia’s name because of his negative background. It was also discussed that as the MP nursed high hopes of getting ticket again, so she wants to give mayor’s ticket to a person with clean image,” the councillor said.
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The party is very clear to choose the candidate from Valmiki community, which has a good chunk of votes in the city. Both Rajesh Kalia and Bharat Kumar come from the same community. So, the chances of Bharat Kumar are bright as he has clean image as compared to Kalia.
Ensure unity, Jha tells councilors
Jha had clearly instructed the councillors to stand united and go with the decision made by the high command. In the last mayoral polls the BJP had hit the headlines due to internal conflicts feud.
SAD likely to get senior deputy mayor post
Sources said that for the post of senior deputy mayor Ravi Kant and Hardeep Singh’s names were proposed. However, most of the councillors favoured Hardeep Singh. Any of the three _ Kanwar Rana, Chanderwati Shukla and Ajay Jagga _ will be the candidates for deputy mayor’s post.
The number game
In the current House, with 20 councillors, the BJP enjoys the majority. Four councillors are from the Congress, one Independent and one from the SAD, which has an alliance with the BJP. The city MP is an ex officio member of the House and has a vote. To become a mayor, a candidate needs 14 of the 27 votes.
Cong too yet announce names
While in opposition Sheela Devi is the only SC Councillor who will be fighting for the MC’s top post, the Congress leaders will announce the name of its contenders for the senior and deputy mayors’post today.
PRABHAT JHA, Vice president, BJP
I have met the councillors individually and took their views. I will now be discussing the suggestions with the BJP president Amit Shah and the names for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor will be announced on Monday,”
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