With the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections scheduled to be held on December 24, the city Congress has decided that it will release its full list by December 2.
Sources said that apart from 10 to 12 confirmed party leaders who are in the fray, the Congress will first keep an eye on the candidates who are being fielded. BJP,
The first list of confirmed candidates of senior leaders, about 10 of them, is expected by November 27 or 28. However, all other seats which may or may not be disputed are to be declared after looking at BJP candidates. Afterwards, it can be done till December 2.
The Congress is also taking care that none of its leaders gets angry after the announcement and parting and hence has thought of releasing the list closer to the conclusion of nominations, i.e. on December 4. She wants to avoid incidents of insurgents filing nominations independently.
In the Congress, its councilor Devinder Singh Babla is planning to field his wife Harpreet Babla from his ward as it was reserved for women. Sources said that Harpreet has also started campaigning in the ward and meeting people. However, this time Babla also wants to contest from another ward, the Palsora belt, a decision that has to be taken by the party high command.
Similarly, Congress’ Gurbaksh Rawat can also be fielded from the same ward from where he is a corporator, i.e. Sector 39 and 40. This is even when the ward has been declared as a general ward.
Ward no. Sheela Devi representing 5 is yet to be fielded from the same ward. She has won twice and the party is looking at it from the point of view of victory.
Ward no. Former Punjab University president Sachin Galav is likely to be fielded by the Congress on January 13. Galav has already started campaigning in the belt after getting unofficial approval.
AAP made a U-turn in your first list
Minutes after announcing its first list, AAP did a U-turn saying there was an error in the list. However, the very next day, AAP released the names of the same people and called them ‘ward incharge’.
Sources said this was due to the fact that senior founding members of AAP were upset that they were pushed as candidates who had just joined the party and did not contribute that way. It was as he had given.