Chandigarh municipal elections: Congress likely to field councillor Subhash Chawla against Arun Sood

While an official communication in this regard would be made later by the party high command in Delhi, speculations are high that Chawla will be contesting against Sood.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: September 6, 2016 5:44 am
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The Congress is likely to field councillor Subhash Chawla against Mayor Arun Sood in the municipal elections.

While an official communication in this regard would be made later by the party high command in Delhi, speculations are high that Chawla will be contesting against Sood.

Sood is the councillor of ward no. 8, which comprises sectors 37, 38 and 38 West. Chawla is the councillor of ward no. 5, comprising Sector 25, Kumhar Colony and other colony areas.

Since Sood is a heavy weight of the city BJP unit, talks are on over the issue.

Though this would be a completely new area for Chawla, he is projecting himself as a strong contender against Sood.

Chawla said: “Though no official communication has been made to me yet, whatever the party decides is final for a party worker.”

While the official announcement would be made by the party high command in Delhi, the city Congress unit has intensified its work.

Names are being discussed of people who are likely to be fielded for the upcoming elections. The present focus is on the status of wards.

A meeting regarding the finalisation of wards was to be held on Monday with the state election commissioner. However, because of the non-availability of most of the officers, the meeting was cancelled.

Sources said the wards are likely to be increased from 26 to 31.

The Congress is also considering to field party councillor Poonam Sharma against BJP’s Asha Jaiswal and Congressman Jitender Bhatia against senior deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil from the BJP.

“Though one has to work hard if its a new ward for him, these are tentative names that are likely to be considered. The wards may increase or remain the same. We cannot divulge more details and we are working on it,” said a senior Congressman.