Hectic lobbying within the Congress,which was going on for long,was put to an end by offering the candidature for the post of senior deputy mayor to councillor Sat Prakash Aggarwal. The final selection was reportedly made keeping an eye on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
H C Kalyan and Satish Kainth were two contenders being named as the mayoral candidate in the Congress. For Kalyan,this is the second term as councillor. During the last term,he held the post of deputy mayor as well as senior deputy mayor. Kalyan belongs to the Balmiki community. A majority of the schedule castes in the city reportedly belongs to this community.
Satish Kainth,who is a first-time councillor,has held the post of deputy mayor for the last two years. He claimed to have support from different sections of society. Kainth even got letters of support from various organisations prior to the final meeting of the Congress for selection of the candidates.
Both the contenders had support from different sets of councillors in the party. While Kalyan had the support of the senior councillors,Kainth had the backing of several first-time councillors. To put an end to the dissidence,Sat Prakash Aggarwal,who was one of the councillors supporting Kainths candidature,was offered the candidature for the post of senior deputy mayor.
With Aggarwal being offered and accepting to contest from the post,the dissidence over the nomination for the Mayoral election was diffused. Aggarwal was one of the councillors who was vying for the mayors post during the elections this year. After being denied that chance,he had been made the chairman of the Roads Committee,which is a sought-after committee in the House.
Infact,Aggarwal had been among those who had criticised some of the decisions taken by present Mayor Subhash Chawla. In one of the House meetings,Aggarwal had opposed the tour of the Mayor along with two other councillors and officers to Mumbai to see bio-gas plants. He also had an argument with the Mayor after the latter said in the House that he was being pressurised by councillors not to attend functions in their wards being organised by people they were not on cordial terms with.
Offering Aggarwal the post of senior deputy mayor was seen as a way by the senior leaders to put an end to the differences within the councillors.