Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit backed candidate becomes Gurugram Mayor

In the keenly contested polls for Gurgaon’s Mayor and deputies the candidates supported by the Gurgaon MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh emerged victorious.

Madhu Azad, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor from Ward 7, was elected as the city’s mayor with no opposition. The post that has been lying vacant for the last 17 months.

To everybody’s surprise, Congress-supported Pramila Devi Kablana of Ward 9 bagged the post of the senior deputy mayor after an election, while the post of deputy mayor went to BJP councillor Sunita Yadav, who was also elected unopposed.

The mayoral elections were conducted at the John Hall in Civil Lines on Friday under heavy police cover in the presence of several political leaders and senior bureaucrats.

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Madhu Azad, the new mayor:

With her selection, Azad becomes the second mayor of the city, also the first woman mayor following Vimal Yadav’s election in 2011.

Madhu is the wife of Ashok Azad, who has been with the BJP for almost two decades. Madhu was an undergraduate student in the Delhi University but was unable finish her education.

She contested the 2017 Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections for the first time.

Madhu was viewed as a ‘party candidate’ who rose significantly through the BJP ranks. This term, the mayor’s seat had been reserved for a woman candidate from the Scheduled Caste.

Azad and BJP councillor Sheetal Bagri of Ward 10 were the front-runners for the post and senior leaders within the party were also divided over their selection.

However, the leaders made a unanimous choice after BJP state president Subhash Barala held a series of meetings with party members at the state office on Thursday evening and at Hotel Acura in Civil Lines on Friday morning.

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Pramila Kablana, the unexpected winner:

Pramila, the wife of senior Congress leader Gaje Singh Kablana, who fought the 2017 elections as an independent candidate after Congress decided against contesting the elections on party symbol.

Pramila’s victory may have been a direct result of the lack of decision-making on the BJP’s part for picking the senior deputy mayor.

BJP’s pick, Brahm Yadav, councillor of Ward 13 was reportedly backed by PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh.

However, he faced resistance from within the party, from the faction backed by Rao Inderjit Singh, sources said.

Pramila bagged 23 of 35 votes.

 

Sunita Yadav, the new deputy mayor:

Sunita was expected to bag a post in the mayoral elections. The two-time councillor from Ward 33 is the wife of senior BJP leader Anil Yadav.

BJP had won 14 of 35 seats in the MCG elections on September 24 and later garnered the support of 12 councillors, following which it became clear that the top post would be bagged by the BJP.

Gurgaon didn’t have elected representatives since June 2016, after a delimitation order by the urban local bodies (ULB) contended that the city’s population was less than 10 lakh and the ward count needed to be revised from 35 to 33.

Later, the population figures were found to be in excess of 10 lakh and revision of the number of wards was no longer required.

 

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