“THOUGH I WAS PORTRAYED AS A TERRORIST, I PROMISE THAT I WOULD MAKE MY HATERS TO PRAISE ME WHEN I WILL LEAVE THIS CHAIR”, SAID THE NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR RAJESH KALIA
Before Lok Sabha elections will remove Kalia as Mayor
Kainth After getting expelled from the party, Kainth said that he will now challenge the credentials of the new mayor in high court. “I am challenging BJP that before Lok Sabha elections, I will remove Kalia from the mayorship. I fought for the city and being a councillor I will keep raising my voice against the wrong decisions,” he said. kainth said options are open for him, if he will join congress or not.
Kher, Kainth lock horns:
Before the election, MP Kiron Kher and Satish Kainth were seen locking horns as Kainth and congress leader Devinder singh Babla demanded that the councillors along with mobile phones councillors should also keep writing pen aside. Responding to which Kher told Kainth to sit quietly. l Congress supported Kainth: Having hopes that Kainth might win the elections, Congress candidate Sheela Devi withdrew her name just before the election.
Congress supported Kainth
Having hopes that Kainth might win the elections, Congress candidate Sheela Devi withdrew her name just before the election.
If anything the victory of ‘tainted’ Rajesh Kalia as the new mayor of Chandigarh has starkly underlined the divided BJP house. While the congress stood on the margins, it was BJP infighting which raised questions about it strength to put a united fight in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Out of 27 votes, Kalia got 16 votes while the rebel councillor Satish Kainth, who had contested the elections as independent, got 11 votes. However, five votes were crossed by the BJP councillors. In a face saving exercise the party has expelled Kainth, though the action against the 5 cross voters is yet to be decided. However, a two-member committee is constituted to probe the matter. The committee including a senior BJP leader Chander Shekhar and ward number two councillor Ravi Kant Sharma will submit their report to the party high command. The civic body elections, held on Friday had a thrilling atmosphere as the tension prevailed till the last moment everyone present was holding nerves,till additional municipal commissioner Saurabh Mishra declared Kalia as winner.
From garbage collector to Chandigarh Mayor
“It was in 1972 when I along with my six brother sisters had shifted from Haryana to Chandigarh, having hopes in my eyes that I will make my parents proud. I am thankful to my seniors who showed trust in me,” said an emotional Kalia, while giving his thank you speech after he was elected as the city’s new mayor. Sharing his struggle Kalia said that as coming from a very poor family background he had a childhood that wasn’t alien to struggles. Since his father was the only earning hand at a very early age he used to collect garbage from Dadumajra giving his contribution to the family income. Commenting on cross voting he said, “I will try to resolve the resentment of those who have crossed their votes against me. We all are family.” Sharing her happiness, Renu, wife of Rajesh Kaila said that as the party has shown trust in her husband and elected him as a new mayor, now the responsibility has become bigger both for the party and the for their community . Clarifying his criminal background, she said, “Kise acha lagta hai akhbaro mai ye padhna ki uska pati criminal hai?( who likes to read in newspapers that her husband is a criminal). I along with my in-laws and three daughters kept motivating him to ignore the negativity and stay positive.”
Journey in house
Kalia who is from the Valmiki community , is known to be a fiery speaker in the House as he always kept raising the issues faced by garbage collectors several times whenever the issue of the corporation taking over garbage collection came up. He also played a vital role in shifting on MC medical officer.
In 1984 Kalia joined the RSS and started working for BJP from 1996. In 2011 he contested his first civic polls from Dadumajra but was defeated by the Congress candidate. He in 2016, he was elected as a council- lor from ward number seven
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