United Opposition, infighting among Cong members got BJP-SAD two posts

A united opposition, discontentment within the Congress and some support from the nominated councillors ensured the victory of the BJP-SAD candidates in winning two posts in the mayoral elections on Wednesday. The BJP-SAD alliance has managed to bag key posts after six years.

For the past six consecutive years, the Congress has won all the three posts of the mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

There are 36 members in the municipal corporation (MC) House. Of these, 12 are from the Congress, 11 from BJP-SAD, two of BSP and one independent. Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal also has one vote. Apart from these, there are nine nominated councillors.

Opposition United

During the last election, the BSP had extended support to the Congress ensuring a comfortable win for the party on all the posts. This time, two BSP councillors and one independent councillor supported the BJP-SAD alliance.

During the last term, BSP was at loggerheads with the Congress on several issues. Among these was the issue of providing basic amenities at Deep Complex in Hallomajra. BSP councillor Jannat Jahan, who is also the party's candidate for Lok Sabha elections, had a showdown with the Congress over the issue. Recently, in a meeting of the House, allegations were traded over the issue of land in Faidan being sold illegally.

Independent councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala was not sharing cordial relations with the Congress either. These factors together led to the opposition getting united.

Nominated councillors' support

In the past two elections, the nominated councillors have been supporting the Congress. The BJP and BSP had been openly accusing the nominated councillors of being "puppets in the hands of Congress". In a meeting of the nominated councillors held a few days before the elections, a decision was taken by some of them to extend support to the Congress. Some remained non-committal.

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