A month after MCG polls, Mayor yet be elected
GURUGRAM: Almost a month has passed since the result for municipal elections in Gurugram were announced.
positions such as that of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) are yet to be filled.
As per law, it is mandatory to get the house functioning within a month of the announcement of results.
With the Diwali festivities over, newly-elected councillors are expected to begin their business of selecting candidates for these posts before time lapses.
It is expected that the announcement will be made on October 26
The Bharatiya Janata Party was unable to attain majority in the civic elections, held on September 24.
However, the party's two prominent Ahirwal leaders Rao Inderjeet Singh and Rao Narbir Singh came to BJP's rescue by convincing 12 independents councillors to join the party.
However, differences have emerged within BJP over the fact that councillor from which group will get the top post, with both leaders tacitly laying their claim.
Aiming at reconciliation, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had dinner with the councillors, but it did not seem to break the deadlock.
Sources indicated that in all likelihood Madhu Azad, who won from ward number 7, may be the next mayor of Gurugram.
This is not for the first time when veteran Ahirwal leaders have shown their influence in the politics of the Millennium City.
In the previous MCG elections, most councillors who had won were independents, and most of them belonged to these leaders' camp.
These independents later joined the Congress party to take the posts of Mayor and the deputy mayor.
The influence of Ahirwal leaders is further set to increase, as the sister-in-law of Gurugram MLA Umesh Aggarwal lost her seat to independent candidate Pramila Gaje Kablana by a huge margin.
Aggarwal, in 2014, had registered highest victory of margin by 80,000 votes.