With three months left for the elections of the next Mayor,lobbying for the same has already started,especially within the Congress. While there are two probable candidates within the Congress,the BJP has just one eligible candidate.
The Mayor is elected for a year with the post reserved for a particular category every year,the elections for which are held on January 1. For the coming year,the Mayor would be from the SC community.
The Congress contenders for the post include H C Kalyan and deputy Mayor Satish Kainth. Kalyan was working in the Punjab agriculture department and has been associated with the Congress for several years. For the Mayor elections,Kalyan said he would do as directed by the party and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal. Being from the Balmiki community,it is expected the votes of this community would be consolidated with Kalyans candidature.
For Kainth,who has a group of councillors lobbying for his candidature,this is the second term as deputy Mayor in the civic body. Over the past few weeks,he has written several letters to officials raising issues ranging from alleged harassment of vendors to vacant spaces being occupied by hotels for events without paying rent to MC.
Meanwhile,the BJP is short of choices with just one councillor,Rajinder Kaur Rattu from Ward 24,eligible for the elections. Rattu is a first time councillor and had defeated a three time councillor during the MC elections.
There are a total of 36 votes including 26 elected councillors and nine nominated councillors,while the local MP is an ex-officio member and has a vote. Also,there are 10 BJP-SAD councillors in the House and 12 from the Congress. Also,there are two councillors from the BSP and one independent candidate. With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year,both parties will look to have their candidate elected.