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BJP’s Rajesh Kalia is the new Mayor of Chandigarh after he defeated party rebel Satish Kainth.
Out of 27 votes, Rajesh Kalia got 16 votes. Kainth could just manage 11.
Congress candidate Sheela Devi withdrew her name just before the election.
SAD’s Hardeep Singh will be the Senior Dputy Mayor of Chandigarh who got 20 votes while his rival Gurbaksh Singh of the Congress got just 7 votes.
Kainth refused to withdraw his nomination despite efforts by senior leaders of the BJP making the election for the post of Mayor a major challenge for the ruling party.
Of the 26 elected councillors, the BJP has a majority in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. It has 20 councillors. However, it was the infighting which made the elections interesting.
The BJP also had the support of one SAD councillor. Member of Parliament Kirron Kher also has a vote being an ex-officio member of the House.
The Congress has only four councillors, one councillor is an Independent.
Kalia represents Ward 7. He was elected to the House for the first time in the 2016 elections. He had lost the first MC election on the BJP ticket from Dadu Majra in 2011.