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Updated January 24th, 2024 at 16:07 IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Elections 2024 Postponed Due to THIS Reason, AAP, Congress Lash Out At BJP

The Chandigarh Mayoral Elections 2024, scheduled to be held today, have been postponed until further notice. AAP and Congress have protested the delay.

Reported by: Shweta Parande
AAP's Arvind Kejriwal
AAP's Arvind Kejriwal | Image:PTI
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Chandigarh: The mayoral elections in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, scheduled to be held today, have been postponed until further notice. Councilors were informed via text message at 10.30 am that the mayoral elections were postponed due to the ill health of Anil Masih, the presiding authority. 

"It is informed that a telephonic message has been received regarding ill health of Sh Anil Masih who has been nominated as Presiding authority for the meeting scheduled on 18.1.24 for the post of mayor u/60 (a) read with Regulation 6(1) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation(Procedure and Conduct of Business) Regulation 1996. In view of above, it is requested not to reach MC office till further orders are received please," the message read.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Indian National Congress (INC), part of the INDIA Alliance, condemned and protested against the postponement of the mayoral polls.

Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal said the Congress will move the High Court against the postponement of the mayoral polls in Chandigarh.

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“I have been informed that we (Congress workers and the councillors) are not being allowed to go inside (the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office) because the presiding officer is not well and has been hospitalised. They (BJP) want to stop the election... We will move the High Court,” said Bansal.

AAP leader Raghav Chadha, who was confident of the victory of the INDIA bloc in the Chandigarh polls, lashed out at the BJP in a press conference after the elections were postponed on Thursday.

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The Chandigarh municipal polls will be the first big face-off between the BJP and the INDIA bloc. It will set the tone for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls," he had earlier said.

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Published January 18th, 2024 at 11:33 IST

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