Chandigarh F&CC elections: Cong to challenge Mayor’s decision

Sood had extended the date of filing nominations in lieu of the visit of PM Modi and French President to the city.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:January 31, 2016 9:11 am

Terming the extension of the date of filing nominations of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) elections by Mayor Arun Sood as ‘illegal’ and as per his “own convenience”, Congress councillor Subhash Chawla will be filing a petition before the Secretary (Local Government) Monday.

The date was extended by the mayor, who was also the returning officer, in lieu of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande to the city.

The petition was readied Saturday. Chawla was to file it before the Punjab and Haryana High Court but on the advice of his counsel, he has decided to file it before the SLG first.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Chawla said, “A mayor cannot extend the date as per his convenience or on the directions of his party(BJP). What kind of emergency was there? Was there an attack on the country or floods in the city?”

He added, “If they did so, they should have got elections conducted to only four of the five posts but he twisted those rules as per his whims and fancies.”

UT Adviser Vijay Dev has already marked an inquiry into the alleged foul play in the F&CC polls to the home secretary.

On Friday, Congress had boycotted a House meeting of the Municipal Corporation over the mayor conducting the elections “unfairly”.

There are five posts in the committee. BJP councillors Satish Kainth, Asha Jaiswal and Sat Prakash Aggarwal; Congress councillors Subhash Chawla and Gurbax Rawat; and nominated councillors Shagufta Praveen and Aruna Goel had contested in the elections. While Jaiswal, Aruna Goel and Chawla had got seven votes each, Sat Prakash had got six votes. There was a tie between Praveen and Rawat, who had got four votes each. The mayor had said that one surplus vote of Chawla, Goel and Jaiswal would be distributed and second preference would be counted.

Later, they had declared Praveen as the member. Congress had raised an objection to this, stating that there was no such rule and the “mayor was doing it as per his convenience”.

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