Chandigarh mayor elections: Several councilors received a text message informing them that the postponement was due to Anil Masih’s illness, who had been nominated as the presiding authority.
The Chandigarh mayoral election, which was set for today, has been postponed until further notice. Several councilors received a text message informing them that the elections would be postponed due to Anil Masih’s illness, who had been nominated as the presiding authority. The Congress responded to the situation by claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party “wasn’t ready to face defeat”.
It is informed that a telephonic message has been received regarding the ill health of Sh Anil Masih, who has been nominated as Presiding Authority for the meeting scheduled for 18.1.24 for the post of mayor u/60 (a) read with Regulation 6(1) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Procedure and Conduct of Business) Regulation 1996. In light of the foregoing, it is advised that you do not come to the MC office until additional directives are received,” numerous councilors received this message at 10:30 a.m.
Chandigarh mayor elections postponed; Congress says ‘BJP is not ready to face defeat’
The announcement sparked criticism from the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, which had formed an alliance for the mayoral election. In the 35-member MC House, the BJP has the most councilors (14) and the AAP is in close second place with 13. There are seven council members in the Congress, and one council member represents SAD. The BJP holds an advantage over the combined numbers of the Congress and AAP, but not enough to overcome the additional vote of local MP and ex-officio member Kirron Kher.
The Aam Aadmi Party claimed that since no BJP council members showed up at the home, they were well aware that today’s elections would not take place. The Congress announced its intention to take legal action against the postponement of elections.
The BJP was not prepared to face loss, therefore they deliberately postponed the polls. If the BJP believed in democracy, they would have asked DC to remove the presiding officer. This is the end of democracy. “We will now proceed to court, said former MP and senior Congress leader Pawan Bansal.