The circular states, “After you have received the degree, you will kindly bow to the chief guest and director before returning to your seat.” Sources said such directions were given even during the convocation in 2015 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest.
A mayor is elected from amongst the elected representatives in General House. To become a mayor, a candidate needs 14 votes out of 27. Nine nominated councillors do not have voting rights. One vote is that of Member of Parliament Kher who is the ex-officio member of the House.
After Chandigarh Newsline, in a series of news articles, had highlighted serious financial irregularities in the roundabout-beautification project currently under way in Panchkula, Kavita Jain had ordered a probe into the matter.
The rebel candidate claimed, “As many as 36 communities had sent in a memorandum to party leaders, including BJP chief Sanjay Tandon and party affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha about their choice for me as Mayor. I don’t know why Kalia was chosen over me. Caste-based politics should not be done. “
After the meeting on Monday, the candidates will directly head to the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh building where nominations will be held. Mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor in Chandigarh are elected from amongst the elected councillors every year.
With the threat of cross-voting looming over the party in a year when every election is crucial in run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the in-charge of Chandigarh affairs decided to convey the choice of candidates to senior leaders in Delhi first.
Panchkula Municipal Corporation’s Executive Engineer L C Chauhan had alleged that the payment of Rs 1.93 crore was released to the work-executing agency in his absence and despite the fact that he had pointed out grave discrepancies, the payment was made.
“The Toyota Innova bearing registration number CH 01-GA-0400 being used by worthy Mayor was purchased on December 24, 2014 and has covered 1,45,900 kilometres as on January 3, 2019. The said Innova is creating problems frequently,” it was stated.
In the last fortnight, Moudgil had his platter full with over 18 inaugurations and foundation stone laying ceremonies. “Mayor is behaving like mad guy. He just wants that his name must be there at various projects," the opposition said.
The single bench has further suggested to the Chief Architect whether it is “better still to demolish all of them and convert them into multilevel parking for more beneficial use of market users and the shopkeepers”.