The city would get its new mayor on Sunday with the stage all set for the mayoral elections. With candidates of the Congress,BJP and BSP in fray,parties made efforts till the end to secure votes for their candidates.
The process for election would start at 10 am at the Municipal Corporation. The 36 members in the General House would cast their vote for election of mayor,senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor. The votes for the electing the mayor are cast first. This election is conducted by the presiding officer who,for this election,is nominated councillor Babu Lal.
The Congress has fielded Raj Bala Malik for the post of mayor,Darshan Garg for senior deputy mayor and Satish Kainth for deputy mayor. In the BJP-SAD alliance Asha Jaiswal is the mayors candidate. Des Raj Gupta is the candidate for senior deputy mayors post and Malkit Singh is contesting for deputy mayor. BSP has fielded Jannat Jahan as the mayoral candidate.
The counting would take place as soon as all members have cast their votes. The newly elected mayor would then take over the proceedings and election for the senior deputy mayor followed by that of the deputy mayor would be conducted.
The counting would be done as soon as votes are cast for each post.
In the 36-member House there are 12 councillors of BJP-SAD,11 of Congress,two of BSP,one independent and nine nominated councillors. Union Minister Pawan Bansal is an ex-officio member.
With both the Congress and BJP-SAD alliance having almost equal numbers,all eyes are on the nominated councillors. These councillors would play a decisive role in the election.
The nominated councillors have already met the candidates of the Congress and the BJP.
Over the past 10 elections,Congress has had nine mayors.
Prior to that during the first tenure of the Municipal Corporation,in the last year Congress had managed to bag the post of the mayor. However,the mayor could not complete the term.