Chandigarh: Was it party workers pressure that Congress waited for so long to declare its 26-member army to contest the MC elections? Sources said that Congress was busy manipulating the rebels which took it so long to declare it candidatures.
Finally Congress declared its 26 candidates’ list to contest the MC election, on Sunday. BJP has already declared its candidates well ahead of Congress. The election is slated for December 18.
Congress and BJP are drawn to fight pitched battles in MC elections
The keen contests will be between Rajesh Sharma and sitting BJP Mayor Arun Sood from ward number 8 and other key ward will be ward number 16 where two times Mayor Subhash Chawla of Congress will slug it out with Rajesh Gupta of BJP. Chawla has become Mayor twice earlier and Rajesh Gupta is sitting MC at present. However, ward number 18 will also witness a close contest with Congress Devinder Singh Babla, a resident is up against an outsider Saurab Joshi of BJP.
Ward number 22 is also going to be a key ward as the sitting BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil will have tough tie against Congress general secretary and Pardeep Chhabra loyalist Sandeep Bhardwaj.
Ward number 1, also a key ward for contest, saw a revolt by Congress rebels. Former Congress youth president Harmohinder Singh Lucky will get a tough challenge from BJP first timer Mahesh Inder Singh Sidhu whereas Chandermukhi’s brother Surajmukhi, Maish Tewari loyalist has already declared to contest as independent from ward number 1. Surajmukhi Sharma will be a major contender and is reported to pocket a good chunk of votes.
Chhabra flanks wife
CTCC president and sitting councillor from ward number 3 has flanked his wife Ritu Chhabra which is considered to be a key ward for Congress as well as BJP. BJP has declared its list five days ago but kept name of candidate from ward number 3 as reserved. But two days ago, the BJP also declared Ravi Kant Sharma’s name for the ward to contest against Ritu Chhabra. Pardeep Chhabra has already declared not to contest the MC elections this year.
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