Even as the formal announcement of the names of candidates for elections to the Municipal Corporation is yet to be made,some prospective candidates have started holding meetings with the resident welfare associations (RWAs) of their wards.
The candidates are hoping that support gathered in the areas would boost their chances of being given tickets. The meetings are being held mostly at the residences of the members of the associations. These meetings give the candidates a chance to test the waters and know the problems in the area. The campaigning is subtle at present with closed door meetings being held. Especially holidays are being utilised for the purpose.
Councillor Devinder Singh Babla has held a number of meetings with the welfare associations in his ward comprising sectors 27,28 and 30. A few meetings are scheduled for the coming days. Babla says that the associations play an important role when the campaigning picks up pace after the announcement of the candidates.
The candidates opine that the resident welfare associations are in touch with people in their areas and can influence the residents in the ward. Their cooperation is much sought after. Similar meetings are being held by H S Lucky who is likely to be fielded from ward 16.
The BJP is holding meetings of their mandals at different places. The youth wing of the party held meetings in all the wards from where its office bearers have filled the application forms. The party leaders state that campaigning is quieter as the prospective candidates are awaiting formal announcement of names. It does not give the right signal in the party to start campaigning openly when the names have not been announced. Interactions with people in the ward are however going on, said a candidate.
The leaders who will be forced to shift to new wards after their wards were reserved,are also garnering support in these areas. Meanwhile some associations have actively been campaigning for leaders from the area to be given tickets rather than outsiders.