Political parties will be keeping a close watch on the election results of the 20 wards of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (PMC) that will start pouring in from 8 am on Tuesday. Even as all major political parties that are in the fray have expressed confidence that they will win the elections,the parties have kept the option of getting the support of independents open to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the first elected corporation.
In the elections,the fate of some key contestants from the three political parties of INLD,Congress and BJP will be decided. Though the BJP,INLD and Congress have all expressed confidence that they will win the absolute majority in the newly elected house,the Congress party also sees that its vote bank will get divided on some wards where more than one candidate has joined the fray. In all,there are 20 candidates supported by the Congress MLA,D K Bansal,in the fray,while the INLD is contesting on 19 wards and the BJP and HJC are contesting on a total of 18 wards.
The fate of the Congress-supported candidates,former presidents of the Panchkula Municipal Council,Ravinder Rawal and Tarun Bhandari,will be decided,besides that of members like Bhawna Gupta and BJP rebel and Congress candidate Ashish Garg. From BJP,the main candidates whose fate will be decided in Tuesdays counting are the former councillor,C B Goel,Tara Rani Ahuja and Lakshmi Devi. The main contestants from the INLD whose fate will be decided are former president of Panchkula Municipal Council Seema Chaudhary,city president of the womens cell of the party,Sharanjeet Kaur,former vice president of the Panchkula Municipal Council Kuljeet Wraich,deputy president of the minority cell of INLD,Gafur Khan,and Vice President,District Urban,Panchkula,Balwinder Singh.
Some of the wards where the parties say clear trends of the contest have emerged are ward no 20,19,16,17,13,14,10 and 12. In ward no 12 the political parties see a contest between Congress-supported Ravinder Rawal and BJP candidate Sunil Talwar. In ward no 20,the parties see a triangular contest between INLD candidate Seema Chaudhary,BJP candidate Bahadur Singh and independent candidate Saleem Mohammad. In ward no 16 the INLD candidate Sharanjeet Kaur will face a tough contest from BJP candidate Veena Soi,while Congress-supported candidate Mamta Mittal and another Congress candidate,Shashi Bhandari,will also be key players in the fight. In ward no 17,parties see a contest between BJP candidate Arun Lata and INLD candidate Sumitra Narwal. The Congress vote in this ward is likely to be divided as there are 3 Congress supported candidates in the fray. In ward no 13 the contest is seen between BJP candidate Ravi Kant,and INLD candidate Subash Nishad. The Congress vote on this ward is also likely to be divided as there are more than one candidate in the fray.
In ward no 19,the contest is between the Congress-supported candidate,Tarun Bhandari,and political secretary of former deputy Chief Minister,Chander Mohan Sharma,Anil Pangotra. In ward no 14,there is likely to be a triangular contest between independent candidate Lily Bawa,Congress supported candidate Naresh Rawal,and INLDs district vice president Balwinder Singh. In ward no 10 as well,the Congress vote will get divided,as the Congress-supported candidate from the camp of Kumari Selja,Bhawna Gupta,is pitted against the candidate from D K Bansals group,Ranjeeta Mehta.
Congress MLA from Panchkula,D K Bansal,admitted that the party vote will get divided as in some wards,more than one Congress member is contesting. He however said that the party will elect the Mayor and is open to getting the support of independents.
In Kalka and Pinjore areas from ward no 1 to 6 the wards reserved for SC and women category are ward no 1,3 and 6 comprising of the areas of village Khera Sitaram,Ram Nagar and Rampur Seudi village. In the city,ward no 10 comprising of the sectors of 9,17,and 16 is also reserved for women,while ward no 11 comprising of the areas of Badhanpur,Rajiv Colony,and Indra Colony is reserved for women in the scheduled caste category. Also ward no 13 comprising of Sector 19,Industrial Area phase-I and Abhaypur is reserved for the backward class category (BC). Also ward no 20,comprising of the villages of Ramgarh,Mankyan,Bhanu,and Jaswantgarh Billa is also in the backward class category,while ward no 15,16 and 17 comprising of the areas of Sector 10,Sector 2 and Sector 21 are also reserved for women.