THE CONGRESS on Sunday announced its list of 26 candidates who would be contesting the Municipal Corporation elections.
Five of the nine sitting councillors have been given tickets. Of these, four would be contesting from wards other than those they are representing at present. While there are 11 new faces, there are those who have contested the polls once but lost. There are 11 women who have been given the ticket.
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The sitting councillors who have been dropped are Mukesh Bassi, Darshan Garg, Naresh, who recently shifted from BSP to Congress, and city Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra whose wife has been fielded in place of him.
While Poonam Sharma, who is the sitting councillor from ward 7, will now contest from ward 4, Sheela Devi, who is the councillor from ward 12, will be contesting from ward 5. Similarly, Subhash Chawla, who is the councillor from ward 5, will now contest from ward 16. H C Kalyan, who is the councillor from ward 13, will be fielded from ward 7. Only councillor Gurbax Rawat, who is the councillor from ward 9, will contest from her ward.
The new faces are Deepa Asdhir Dubey who will contest from ward 2, Ritu Chhabra who has been fielded from ward 3, Mamta Rani from ward 6, Gurmeet Singh from ward 11, Jaspreet Kaur Tiwana who will contest from ward 12, Meenakshi Chaudhary from ward 13, Rana Karanvir Singh from ward 14, Poonam Moudgil from ward 17, Ravi Kumar from ward 19, Sandeep Bhardwaj from ward 22, Nasrulla Khan from ward 24 and Ramesh Goyal from ward 25.
From ward 17, the wife of Congress youth leader Harmail Kesri was denied the ticket while Poonam Moudgil, wife of Rajiv Moudgil, was given the ticket. Earlier, there were reports that councillor Subhash Chawla would be fielded against Mayor Arun Sood. However, the Congress fielded Rajesh Sharma there.
Rana Karanvir Singh who will be contesting from ward 14 is the son of Kashmiri Devi Rana, the BJP councillor who was not given the ticket this time by the BJP. Kashmiri Devi had switched over from the Congress to the BJP. However, her son was now given ticket by the Congress.
Those who contested the polls but lost are Chitranjan Chanchal, who would be contesting from ward 26, Jitender Bhatia, who has been fielded from ward 21, Shashi Shankar Tiwari, who would be contesting from ward 20, Davinder Singh Babla, who will contest from ward 18, Jasbir Singh Bunty from ward 10, Rajesh Sharma from ward 8 and H S Lucky from ward 1. Ravinder Kaur has been fielded from ward 15.
No ticket for Tewari camp
* There are 11 women candidates while women reserved wards are 7
* Four Congress members have fielded their wives in the polls
* None of the members from Congress leader Manish Tewari’s camp was given the ticket
To fight independently
As soon as the Congress announced its list and many got to know that they were not among the successful 26, they opened a front against the party with some of them announcing that they would contest independently. Dr O P Verma, Prempal Chauhan and Manjit Chauhan who were in the fray for the ticket from ward 16 expressed disappointment after Subhash Chawla was given the ticket from this ward.
Chauhan has decided to contest the elections independently. Many others who did not get the ticket were considering fighting the elections independently. Already, there are some in the BJP who are contesting the polls independently after they were denied tickets in the Municipal Corporation elections.