BJP keeps options open for mayoral elections

With the candidates for the Mayoral elections to be decided this week, the BJP, which has less councillors in the house, seems to be keeping its options open.

While on the one hand, the party is considering its own councillors, the doors are being kept open to support a candidate from outside the party.

A meeting of BJP leaders was held to decide on the Mayoral candidates. Though a final decision was not taken, different possibilities were explored.

The BJP has 11 councillors in the 36-member House. The Congress has 12 councillors as well as one vote of the Union Minister Pawan Bansal who is an ex-officio member of the House. Apart from these, there are two BSP councillors, one independent and nine nominated councillors.

The BSP has been keen to field its own candidate as the Mayor. With the BJP leaders having opposed voting rights to nominated councillors, they are less likely to get their support.

It is being contemplated that in order to make the nominated sway, a non-BJP candidate might be required.

The Congress has managed to get five of its Mayors elected in a row. It was in 2007 that SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur became Mayor. Prior to that as well, it was Congress mayors who had been elected. The BJP has not been able to garner sufficient numbers in the House.

During the last MC elections, the nominated councillors had voted enmasse for the Congress after holding interviews with candidates of both the parties.

During the last election, the BJP had one councillor more than they have at present.

It was after the death of a BJP councillor, when the by-elections were held, that the Congress won the seat of the deceased BJP councillor, hence increasing its strength by one.

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