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Mohali MC: Ruling Cong loses majority; chief’s removal on cards

After a delay of 18 months,elections to the posts lying vacant in the Mohali Municipal Council were finaly held on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Mohali |
January 31, 2009 12:40:56 am

After a delay of 18 months,elections to the posts lying vacant in the Mohali Municipal Council were finaly held on Friday.

The SAD-BJP combine captured the post of senior vice-president,with the election of Harman Preet Singh Prince to the post. This has given the group backed by Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh a majority in the 31-member civic body,in what comes as a setback to Kharar Congress MLA Balbir Sidhu,the group backed by whom had been ruling so far.

This implies that the removal of his close aide,Rajinder Singh Rana,from the post of the MC president now remains a mere formality.

Prince’s name was proposed by Paramjeet Singh Kahlon and 20 of the total 31 councillors raised their hands to elect him. The Congress-supported candidate,Prabhjot Kaur Sodhi,secured 12 votes to become junior vice-president.

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Only councilors and MLAs were allowed entry by the convener,Mohali Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Raghbeer Kaur Khaira,at the in-camera proceedings.

Earlier,a group of 18 councillors arrived at MC Bhawan in a bus escorted by Capt Kanwaljit,while two other councillors supporting them,Kuljit Singh Bedi and Mohanbeer Singh Shergill,came on their own,separately.

Bedi,on whose writ petition the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the SDM to hold election,clarified that he remained a Congress loyalist,but he had supported Capt Kanwaljit’s group to ensure the defeat of MLA Sidhu,who he was opposed.

Prince youngest MC senior vice-prez
: Harman Preet Singh Prince became the youngest MC senior vice-president in Punjab,at the age of 27,when he was elected to the post in the Mohali MC on Friday. Prince,who was earlier elected the youngest councilor at the age of 25 in 2006,is a law graduate from Panjab University and a practicing lawyer. He was also elected as an executive member of the Punjab and Haryana HC Bar Association for three consecutive terms. He has also remained president of Panjab University Students’ Council and the students’ union of GGDSD College,Sector 32,Chandigarh. Owing his election to the backing of Capt Kanwaljit,Prince said the working of the civic body during the past two-and-a-half years of Congress rule will be probed.

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