Congress hopeful of Mayor's post in SDMC

With 36 councillors and five members of  Parliament, the Delhi Congress is hoping for a victory in the coming elections for Mayor, Deputy Mayor and other posts in South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The party is holding talks with other parties and independent councillors for their support. The candidates have filed their nominations on Monday.

A senior Congress leader said, “In recent days, many independent councillors have joined the Congress party. We are hoping to snatch the SDMC Mayor post from the BJP.”
During the last year’s elections, the party had faced a defeat for Mayor’s post with mere six votes.

The party is also banking on the infighting in ruling BJP.

Dharmveer Singh has filed his papers for Mayor’s post against BJP’s Khushi Ram and NCP’s Jeevan Lal. Councillor Praveen Rana has filed nominations for the post of Deputy Mayor against Bir Singh of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Jeevan Lal of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Party’s Abhishek Dutt has filed his papers for Member of Standing Committee against BJP’s Kuldeep Solanki and Radhey Shyam Sharma.

Party councillor and leader of opposition in Standing Committee Farhad Suri has also filed his papers for Member to Standing Committee. BJP’s Ashish Sood is the only candidate who filed his nominations for the post of Member to Education Committee.
The nomination of NCP’s Phool Kali for the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor has been rejected.

Giving clear indication of losing the majority, the BJP has not proposed any candidate for the post of Deputy Mayor.

A senior party leader said, “The BJP leaders know that they are not going to win in the elections. We are considering an alliance from other parties for the Mayor’s post. The results will be in our favour.”
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