In a bid to assure that the party wins the upcoming Municipal polls in Chandigarh, BJP chief Amit Shah is likely to visit the city on November 15 and interact with workers. Keeping in mind that the different camps created within the Chandigarh BJP unit may affect the party’s changes in the polls, Shah is likely to give ‘tips’ to workers and also hold a meeting to focus the importance of ‘unity’, sources said. “Our party chief is likely to address a meeting with the workers,” said Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon.
With assembly polls due in Punjab next year, the Municipal polls are seen as a litmus-test for the political parties including the BJP, which has already sounded the poll bugle and is chalking out a road map to ensure their win at the ward level. Sources also informed that several national leaders of the party would also be asked to campaign.
However, the party is yet to invite any applications from people and would do so only after October 14 when the draw of lots would take place.
The reservation of seven wards (for Women and Scheduled Caste) for the MC elections would be held through the draw of lots on October 14. The meeting with the political parties would also be held on the same date. While the exact date for the elections is yet to be out, it was told that the elections would be held in the third week of December and the results would be declared two days later. The code of conduct would be in force in the third week of November.
There are 26 wards on which the elections would be held. Five wards which are to be reserved for SC candidates will be on the basis of maximum SC population as per the latest census of 2011. Two wards for SC women, of the five wards that are to be reserved for SCs will also be decided through this draw of lots. As per the SC population, three of the five wards which are likely to be reserved are that of Congress heavy weights.