Parties confident but open to support from Independents
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Political parties will be keeping a close watch on the election results of the 20 wards of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (PMC) that will start pouring in from 8 am on Tuesday. Even as all major political parties that are in the fray have expressed confidence that they will win the elections, the parties have kept the option of getting the support of independents open to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the first elected corporation.
In the elections, the fate of some key contestants from the three political parties of INLD, Congress and BJP will be decided. Though the BJP, INLD and Congress have all expressed confidence that they will win the absolute majority in the newly elected house, the Congress party also sees that its vote bank will get divided on some wards where more than one candidate has joined the fray. In all, there are 20 candidates supported by the Congress MLA, D K Bansal, in the fray, while the INLD is contesting on 19 wards and the BJP and HJC are contesting on a total of 18 wards.
The fate of the Congress-supported candidates, former presidents of the Panchkula Municipal Council, Ravinder Rawal and Tarun Bhandari, will be decided, besides that of members like Bhawna Gupta and BJP rebel and Congress candidate Ashish Garg. From BJP, the main candidates whose fate will be decided in Tuesday's counting are the former councillor, C B Goel, Tara Rani Ahuja and Lakshmi Devi. The main contestants from the INLD whose fate will be decided are former president of Panchkula Municipal Council Seema Chaudhary, city president of the women's cell of the party, Sharanjeet Kaur, former vice president of the Panchkula Municipal Council Kuljeet Wraich, deputy president of the minority cell of INLD, Gafur Khan, and Vice President, District Urban, Panchkula, Balwinder Singh.