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Wins all 3 top posts for 5th consecutive time
The Congress made a clean sweep in the mayoral elections winning all the three posts. It is for the fifth consecutive time that the party won the election to all the three posts. Subhash Chawla was elected mayor by defeating BJP-SAD candidate Arun Sood by a margin of 12 votes. Rana Kashmiri Devi was elected senior deputy mayor and Satish Kainth deputy mayor.
In the 36-member MC House, 24 votes were polled in favour of Chawla and 12 for Sood. While Sood is a first- time councillor, Chawla has held the post of mayor in 2003. The BJP-SAD alliance polled one vote more than their strength of 11.
Accepting congratulatory messages from fellow councillors, Chawla took over the mayor's seat in the House to preside over the election to the other two posts.
For the post of senior deputy mayor, Devi polled 23 votes while her opponent BJP-SAD candidate Rajesh Gupta polled 13 votes. For Gupta, this was the second term as a councillor. Devi had contested the municipal elections for the first time last year after the seat held by her son Vijay Rana was reserved for a woman candidate. Despite not being regular in the House or raising any issues, she managed to win the election.
Kainth who was deputy mayor last year managed to get a second consecutive term. He received 21 votes. BJP-SAD candidate Malkit Singh polled 15 votes after the whole Opposition voted for him. BSP convenor Haffiz Anwar-ul-Haq said that for the post of deputy mayor, the Opposition was united and voted for the SAD candidate.
Union Minister Pawan Bansal termed it a wonderful win for the Congress. He said Chandigarh was a world-class city, but the sanitation conditions required an improvement.