Kalyan, Rattu to slug it out for the mayor’s post today

The stage is set for the mayoral elections scheduled for January 1, with two candidates in the fray for the mayor's post. H C Kalyan of the Congress will be contesting against Rajinder Kaur Rattu of the BJP-SAD for the post which is reserved this year for a Scheduled Caste candidate. It is the nominated councillors who hold the key to the election.

Elections will also be held for the post of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor. The candidates continued lobbying on Tuesday to garner support for themselves. Apart from votes of councillors of their own party, the candidates are also approaching the BSP and the nominated councillors to ask for votes.

The Congress has fielded Sat Prakash Aggarwal as the candidate for the senior deputy mayor's post. Earlier this year, he was in the race for being fielded by the party as the candidate for the mayor's post. Contesting against him will be Heera Negi, the vice-president of BJP and councillor from ward 21.

For the post of deputy mayor, Sheela Phool Singh has been fielded by the Congress. She has been the deputy mayor for two years in the last term of the MC. Facing her is Davesh Moudgil, a councillor of the BJP.

In the 36-member House, there are 12 councillors of the Congress, 11 of the BJP-SAD, two of BSP and one Independent. The local MP too has one vote. Apart from them, there are nine nominated councillors who have voting rights. There is difference of just one councillor between the Congress and BJP. The end result hinges on the nominated councillors. These councillors have the numbers to tilt the election to either side.

The nominated councillors in this term have extended support to the Congress on all issues. In the past two elections, they have also voted for the Congress candidates. At a meeting of the nominated councillors held a few days back, a decision was taken to support the Congress in these elections as well. The majority of the nominated councillors are expected to do so. This would give the Congress an edge over the BJP-SAD.

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