Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live Updates: First INDIA bloc vs BJP fight; voting begins

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live Updates: First INDIA bloc vs BJP fight; voting begins


Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live Updates: The high-stakes Chandigarh mayoral polls are scheduled for today, January 30, after they were postponed due to presiding officer Anil Masih falling ill. The earlier deferring of the polls just moments before councillors were about to cast their votes triggered protest by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress members who accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of orchestrating the turn of events.

Heavy force deployed in front of the Chandigarh MC House.(ANI)

The mayoral elections are also seen as the first try-out run for the INDIA bloc vs BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, which are scheduled later this year.

The deputy commissioner had earlier announced February 6 as the next date for the polls, which was retrenched to an earlier date following the Punjab and Haryana high court directing the UT administration to hold the elections on January 30.

As per the fresh notification, the elections will be held at 10 am at the Assembly Hall of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC), Sector 17. Elections for the senior deputy and deputy mayor posts will be held simultaneously.

In the 35-member municipal corporation house, the AAP and the Congress together have 20 votes, while the BJP, which has been ruling the MC for eight years, has 15 votes — 14 of councillors and one of MP Kirron Kher. The magic number is 19.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 11:17 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Polling begins, MP Kirron Kher to cast first vote

    Polling for Chandigarh’s mayoral post has started. MP Kirron Kher (ex offico member of the house) to cast the first vote. Polling time is 1 hour. Total number of votes to be polled is 36.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 11:00 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: SAD councillor demands ‘NOTA’ option in ballot papers

    Lone Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor in the 35-member house of MC had demanded the ‘NOTA’ option in the ballot paper but no provision has been made.

    Deputy commissioner said there is no such provision in the MC Act to include the NOTA option.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 10:30 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: AAP, Congress councillors present; some BJP councillors are not

    Even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the UT administration to hold the elections at 10 am, some BJP councillors have not reached the Assembly Hall till now. Besides, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has not reached inside the hall.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 09:49 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Who is in the fray from AAP, Congress and BJP?

    1. As the AAP and Congress have agreed to contest the mayoral polls by joining hands in a show of maiden fight against the BJP as members of the INDIA bloc, Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor from AAP is contesting for the mayoral post. He will face BJP’s Manoj Sonkar.
    2. For senior deputy and deputy mayoral posts, the Congress has fielded Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Devi, respectively. They will face BJP’s Kuljeet Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma for the respective posts.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 08:48 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Security tightened outside MC House

    Security tightened outside Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office as voting begins shortly.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 08:38 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Ahead of voting, parties treaded cautiously

    As the battle for power in Chandigarh draws longer, cautious parties are keeping their councillors on the move. AAP has relocated its councillors to undisclosed locations and taken away the councillors’ phones. Congress councillors are moving across Punjab as they first paid obeisance at Golden Temple, Amritsar, and then at Nakodar Dargah on Thursday. BJP’s councillors are resting easy at home.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 08:09 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: January 18 election deferment announced at 10:30 am, opposition cried foul

    1. The January 18 Chandigarh mayoral polls were deferred owing to the poor health of presiding officer Anil Masih.
    2. The announcement of deferring the elections was made at 10.30 am just as councillors from the opposition AAP and Congress assembled to participate in the election that was to begin at 11 am at the municipal corporation (MC) office in Sector 17, Chandigarh.
    3. BJP councillors were conspicuous by their absence. Outgoing mayor Anup Gupta of the BJP arrived at 11.45 am and said he had also got to know of the deferment at 10.30 am.
    4. Though the official message by MC landed in the councillors’ WhatsApp group around 10.30 am, the message of his ill health started making rounds of unofficial groups around 10 am.
    5. Soon after the message circulated and councillors were restricted from entering the MC building, the Congress-AAP councillors and party workers started the protest, alleging yet another political manoeuvre by the saffron fold to delay the election as they were not ready to face defeat. “No BJP councillor or MP Kirron Kher reached the MC office, which meant they already knew the elections won’t take place today,” said the protesting AAP councillors, accusing the BJP of misusing government apparatus.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 08:03 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Anil Masih nominated as presiding officer

    1. The deputy commissioner nominated Anil Masih as the presiding officer to the Chandigarh mayoral polls. He had taken ill earlier, which eventually led to deferring the January 18 polls.
    2. According to MC rules, one of the nominated councillors is appointed as presiding officer for the mayor’s election, following which polling for senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor is conducted.
    3. When Masih was nominated as a councillor in October 2022, Masih was the general secretary of BJP’s Minority Morcha.

  • Tue, 30 Jan 2024 07:55 AM

    Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Why were the elections deferred earlier?

    1. The Chandigarh mayoral polls, scheduled for January 18, were postponed after presiding officer Anil Masih reportedly took ill.
    2. The notification of Masih’s poor health came when AAP and Congress councillors assembled to vote for the municipal corporation office’s mayoral and deputy mayoral posts. Notably, the BJP councillors were not present in front of the building, which triggered protests and the AAP and Congress members accused the BJP of orchestrating the turn of events.
    3. The Congress and the AAP had accused the BJP of not allowing the elections, fearing “imminent defeat”. The BJP dismissed the allegation.


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