Chandigarh: Two nominated councillors likely to contest civic elections

The nominated councillors, who are considered to be neutral, are appointed to lend expert advice to the municipal corporation.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: September 23, 2016 6:17 am

Two nominated councillors, Surinder Bahga and Shagufta Parveen, are likely to contest the municipal elections scheduled to be held in December. The nominated councillors, who are considered to be neutral, are appointed to lend expert advice to the municipal corporation. The code of conduct for the elections would be in force in November.

Bahga said: “I have not applied for any ticket. However, I got to know that I am being considered by a political party. Being an architect, I have raised several issues for the benefit of the city, may be because of that I am being considered. The municipal corporation even does not have any architecture wing, which is the need of the hour.”
Parveen said: “I have got offers both from the Congress and BJP. I am here to serve my ward. Though I have not thought of it as of now, but I can take the chance once.”

Of late, the nominated councillors have been in the news for their strained relations with the Congress ever since the mayoral post was clinched by the BJP this year. At the time of the elections, few Congress councillors had termed the nominated councillors opportunists.

The BJP and Congress have already started working for the municipal corporation elections.

The BJP has already blown the poll bugle and the leaders have made a roadmap for the forthcoming municipal elections. The roadmap has been made to start the work at the grassroot level. Areas have been allocated to BJP members. Special focus would be given on the wards with Congress hold.

The Congress has invited applications from all those interested to contest the polls on Congress ticket.