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Litmus test for BJP, Congress in Chandigarh

BJP keeps fingers crossed, Congress says demonetisation pain will be reflected.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: December 18, 2016 6:02:49 am
BJP, Congress, Chandigarh polls, Rajesh Gupta, Chandigarh BJP, Chandigarh Congress, news, latest news, India news, national news Congress candidate Ritu Chhabra (centre) from ward 3 campaigns in Sector 22 Chandigarh on Saturday. (Express photo by Sahil Walia)

It is going to be a keen contest in some wards as heavyweights of the BJP and Congress face each other. Polling will be done on Sunday while the results will be announced on December 20, that is Tuesday. In ward 16, which comprises Sectors 20 and 33, Congress sitting councillor and former Mayor Subhash Chawla will be facing two-time BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta, while in ward 8 (comprising 37, 38 and 38 west), Mayor Arun Sood will be facing Congress spokesperson Rajesh Sharma.

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Former BJP member Deipa Asdhir Dubey and BJP’s sitting councillor Raj Bala Malik will contest ward 2, which comprises Sectors 12, 14, 15 and Khuda Lahora. Dubey just joined the Congress from BJP while Malik joined the BJP from Congress two years ago. Former councillor and Congress candidate Devender Singh Babla will be facing BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi in ward 18, which comprises Sectors 27, 28 and 30. While Babla has been a councillor from this ward in the past, he lost the polls last time. Joshi was the councillor from ward 2, which is now reserved for women.

In ward 9, which consists of Sectors 39 and 40, Congress sitting councillor Gurbax Rawat will be facing the Chandigarh SAD unit president’s wife Inderjeet Kaur Kang. Kang had fielded his wife from the same ward during the last MC polls as well, but she lost to Rawat with the lowest margin, by only 148 votes.

While the BJP is keeping its fingers crossed as the city goes to polls post-demonetisation when people are already facing problems, Congress is sure the consequences of demonetisation will be reflected in the elections this time. The BJP has brought in star campaigners who campaigned day and night and spoke only of demonetisation rather than the local issues.

All the leaders, during campaigning in different wards, said that the after-effects of demonetisation were like labour pains which a woman undergoes to give birth to a child, and that they were important to give birth to a new India. Congress, on the other hand, looked at the sufferings being faced by the common man and focused on how demonetisation was affecting only the poor and the salaried class, not the rich.

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