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THE Congress received a major jolt after bagging just one post in the Mayoral elections for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Wednesday. The only solace was that the party candidate, councillor H C Kalyan, was elected as the Mayor. The two other posts, however, went to the BJP-SAD combine with BJP councillor Heera Negi winning the senior deputy mayor vote while her party colleague, Davesh Moudgil, was elected as the deputy mayor.
The results should serve as a big boost for the BJP-SAD alliance, which has managed to break the Congress' winning spree that has been going on over the past several years.
This year, the Mayor post was a reserved seat. Of the 36 votes polled, Congress candidate H C Kalyan received 21 votes, while his opponent Rajinder Kaur Rattu polled 14 with one vote being declared invalid. For the senior deputy mayor post, BJP candidate Heera Negi polled 18 votes while her opponent Sat Prakash Aggarwal managed 17 with one vote declared invalid. In the case of senior deputy mayor the victory margin was higher: BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil received 19 votes while his opponent Sheela Devi polled 16. One vote was invalid.
The Mayor election was presided over by nominated councillor Babu Lal in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Mohd Shayin. Once the results were announced, there was cheering among the Congress councillors with newly elected Mayor H C Kalyan rushing towards local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal to seek his blessings. There was dispute over one vote but it was subsequently declared invalid.
Thereafter, Kalyan took over and presided over the elections for the two other posts. Polls for the senior deputy mayor post took place first. The results left the Congress stunned and the BJP-SAD camp rejoicing. A flummoxed Congress candidate Sat Prakash Aggarwal began discussing the reasons for the defeat with Bansal. Such was the situation that he then headed to the nominated councillors to determine what had gone wrong.
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