With the Mayoral elections a few days away,talks are on within political parties to decide their candidates for the three posts. Apart from the Mayor,the senior deputy Mayor and deputy Mayor are to be elected on January 1.
Congress is expected to make its final announcement on December 28,which is also the last date for filing of nominations. A party observer from New Delhi would hold a meeting with the councillors and senior party leaders before the panel is announced. The selection of the candidates would be done keeping in view the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
This year,the post of Mayor is reserved for a scheduled caste candidate.
From the Congress,H C Kalyan and Satish Kainth are the two contenders. While a section of the Congress councillors are supporting Kalyan,who is serving his second term as a councillor,another section favours Kainth.
With Kalyan belonging to the Balmiki community,which has more votes in the city,the conditions seem more conducive for his selection.
However,Kainth a first time councillor has remained deputy Mayor for two successive years.
He has claimed to have the support of the Balmiki Samaj and the Muslim Samaj. Letters of support were handed over to him after meetings were held at Dhanas and Burail.
Both contenders have been meeting fellow Congress councillors and nominated councillors to garner support for their candidature.
Also,several names are doing the round for the other two post. Sheela Phool Singh might be given a chance to contest for the post of deputy Mayor. In the civic bodys last term,she had been elected as deputy Mayor twice.
Among the BJP-SAD councillors,Rajinder Kaur Rattu is the only eligible candidate for the post of Mayor,while the party is yet to shortlist candidates for the other two posts.
A meeting would be held with the incharge of the Chandigarh unit,Aarti Mehra,before a decision is announced. It is likely that a SAD councillor may be fielded for one of the posts.
At present there are 12 Congress councillors,11 from BJP-SAD alliance,two from BSP and one independent councillor. Apart from the elected councillors,there are nine nominated councillors who have the right to vote. The local MP also has a vote,but it is the nominated councillors who will have a major role to play in the elections.