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Chandigarh MC polls: In Satinder’s stronghold Ward 18, lawyer to lock horns with businessman

As vehicles from Tricity are sent for repair at motor market, the waste generated rarely disposed of

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: December 6, 2016 5:07:19 am
Chandigarh municipal elections, BJP, Congress, chandigarh civic polls, municipal polls, civic polls, india news, indian express news Bad condition of service lane in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Monday. Jasbir Malhi

A former councillor and a sitting councillor would be pitted against each other from ward 18 that comprises sectors 27, 28 and 30. The BJP has fielded Saurabh Joshi, the sitting councillor from ward number 2. The Congress, on the other hand, has pitted heavy weight Davinder Singh Babla, who has contested the elections thrice from the same ward and won twice.

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Till now, the ward was being managed by BJP councillor Satinder Singh, who was known for his bold stand, even if he had to go against his party councillors. From study tours to the Uppal housing scam to the toilet scam, Satinder has expressed his views on various issues. Satinder had even questioned the voting rights of nominated councillors. He was the one who blatantly said that study tours were just junkets for the councillors and a wastage of public money. He even sought a report on how much money was spent on study tours and the matter was taken up in the house how Rs 1.53 crore was spent in 11 years only on tours.

However, residents feel that their issues were not addressed. The backlanes of this ward are stashed with garbage. As vehicles from the Tricity are sent for repairs at the biggest motor market, all the waste from there is generated, but rarely disposed of.

While Babla banks on the point that Joshi is an outsider, his competitor refutes the claims saying that Babla is well aware that he was born here and his parents stayed here only.

While drawing comparison between the two, where the BJP puts forth the past record of Babla, the latter said Joshi was not seen in his own ward for the last five years. “Why doesn’t he (Joshi) talk about development and not those things where I have come out clean,” asked Babla.

Joshi said: “How does he know whether I was seen in the ward or not? When former councillor Satinder Singh was here, Babla was not seen in this ward during that period to take up any development issue for this ward.”

Rift in Cong, Tewari’s loyalists to open front

Loyalists from Congress leader Manish Tewari’s camp are set to open a front against former MP Pawan Bansal ahead of the municipal corporation elections on December 18. Sources said those from the Tewari’s camp on Tuesday will release the details of how the ticket distribution in the Congress was done for the polls. Not a single Tewari loyalist was given the ticket and all those who were given belonged to Bansal’s camp. The Tewari loyalists had also written to the Congress high command in Delhi alleging that Bansal was already rejected by the public in the Lok Sabha elections and this could harm the party’s performance in the coming polls.

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