Nominations filed for mayoral elections
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Various candidates filed nominations for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor on Friday.
BJP-SAD councillors were the first to file nominations. Arun Sood filed nomination for the post of mayor. He was accompanied by several members of the party. Rajesh Gupta filed papers for the post of senior deputy mayor. In 2011, Gupta had filed nomination for the post of mayo but later withdrawn in favour of rebel Congress candidate Jagjit Kang. SAD councillor Malkit Singh was fielded for the post of deputy mayor for the second year ina row.
The Congress candidates were up next. Subhash Chawla filed nomination for the post of mayor. He filed five sets of nomination papers. The Congress candidates were accompanied by senior leaders. For the post of senior deputy mayor, Rana Kashmiri Devi, the mother of former councillor Vijay Rana, filed nomination. Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth filed nomination for the same post once again.
In the 36-member house, there are 12 Congress councillors, 11 of BJP-SAD , two of the BSP and one Independent. There are nine nominated councillors. One vote is of Union Minister Pawan Bansal.
The BJP-SAD councillors gave a representation to Secretary, Municipal Corporation to ensure secrecy of ballot saying that mobile phones and cameras should not be allowed inside the polling booth and that the enclosure in which the vote is cast should be reduced to a height so that voters are visible. The request comes in wake of past experiences in which the BJP had accused the Congress of clicking pictures of the ballot paper to show it to their party leaders.
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