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Cong retains Chandigarh's Mayor post

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

retained the post of Mayor of Chandigarh, the to which was held here today, with H C Kalyan defeating the BJP-SAD candidate.

Kalyan defeated BJP-SAD candidate Rajinder Kaur Rattu, an office spokesman said here.

In the 36-member House, Kalyan bagged 21 votes as against 14 by Rattu. One vote was declared invalid, the spokesman said.

The post this year was reserved for Scheduled Caste candidate.

Kalyan, councillor from Maloya, will replace Shubash Chawla.

However, sprung a surprise by bagging both the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the elections to which were also held here.

BJP's Heera Negi edged out candidate Sat Prakash Aggarwal by 18-17 votes for the post of Senior Deputy Mayor. One vote was invalid.

Another candidate Davesh Moudgil defeated Congress' Sheela Phool Singh by 19-16 votes for the post of Deputy Mayor. One vote was declared invalid.

At present, there are 12 councillors of Congress, 11 of BJP-SAD, two of BSP and one Independent in the 36-member Municipal Corporation. Besides, there are nine nominated councillors who have voting rights. Besides, local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal of too have voting rights.

The term of the Mayor is for one year.

First Published: Wed, January 01 2014. 14:55 IST