BJP & Cong look forward to breaking trend in Roorkee poll
In the past elections held for the top post in the Roorkee urban local body, independents were elected in the last two polls for post of the municipality chairman and the last mayoral election. It now remains to be seen whether the Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress mayoral candidates will be able to break this trend in this election of the Municipal Corporation of Roorkee.
Voting in the Municipal Corporation of Roorkee election is slated to be held on November 22 with the results to be declared on November 24. For the mayoral position the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Mayank Gupta while the Congress has fielded Reshu Rana, the younger brother of former mayor Yashpal Rana. The Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded former MP Rajendra Bady and Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Abdusslam while independent candidates Gaurav Goel, Subhash Saini, Chandraprakash, Deepak Kumar, Aadesh
Tyagi and Swati Kalra are also contesting for the mayoral post.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the past, during the election for the post of municipal council chairman in 2003, independent candidate Dinesh Kaushik won the election. Similarly, in 2008 another independent candidate Pradeep Batra was elected while in 2013, independent candidate Yashpal Rana was elected the mayor. Rana joined the Congress after being elected the mayor.
“This time the trend of independents being elected to the top post will be broken as Mayank Gupta is sure to be elected mayor,” said BJP district general secretary Vikas Tiwari.
Congress MLA from Manglaur, Qazi Nizamuddin said that independents winning the past elections was just a coincidence. The situation has changed now and the Congress has fielded a strong candidate. He alleged that the BJP had conspired against the previous mayor Yashpal Rana due to which he was unable to contest this time but still his name carries much weight due to the work he has done for Roorkee.
Meanwhile, independent candidate Gaurav Goel, who is a BJP rebel is also being considered a strong candidate by some. It now remains to be seen whether an independent candidate is yet again elected to the top post in the Roorkee urban local body.
Thursday, 21 November 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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