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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Saffron party secures Rewari MC chief’s post

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rewari, December 30

The BJP on Wednesday registered a victory on the post of chairperson of the Rewari Municipal Council, but it could win just seven of 31 seats of councillor.

Poonam Yadav romped home victorious by defeating Independent candidate Upma Yadav by a margin of 2,084 votes. Congress nominee Vikram Yadav stood third.

Upma was backed by former MLA Randhir Kaprivaas while Vikram belongs to the family of Rewari Congress MLA Chiranjeev Rao. The seat was reserved for woman and six candidates were in the fray.

The prestige of the BJP was at stake in the election as its candidate from Rewari, Sunil Yadav, lost the Assembly poll held in October 2019 following the factions among local saffron party leaders.

Earlier, a stiff contest was witnessed between Poonam and Upma from the beginning. Poonam took lead over Upma in the initial rounds but the latter covered it in the mid and gave the former a tough contest. Finally, Poonam maintained a lead in the last four rounds and romped home victorious.

Poonam secured 25,965 votes and Upma got 23,878 and Vikram polled 15,271 votes. Meanwhile, BSP's Manju Kumar got 4,114 votes and Independent candidates Nirmala Rao and Jyoti Rani got 3,262 and 1,086 votes, respectively. Also, 700 electors pressed the NOTA button.

The seven BJP candidates who won the councillor's post include Poonam Satija (Ward Number 8), Rekha Devi (12), Chandan Yadav (13), Nihal Singh (19), Rajendra Singhal (21), Bhupinder Gupta (23) and Kusum Lata (30).

Hukum Yadav, BJP district president, said the party had fielded its candidates for the posts of councillor in 28 municipal wards. "Some candidates lost the election with a narrow margin," he added.

Meanwhile, former minister and senior Congress leader Capt Ajay Yadav has raised a question mark over the victory of the BJP candidate for the chairperson's post, stating that how could the party win the top post when merely seven of its candidates were elected as councillors. He blamed the EVMs for the Congress' defeat in the poll.

CONG NOMINEE THIRD

  • Poonam Yadav romped home victorious by defeating Independent candidate Upma Yadav by 2,084 votes. Congress nominee Vikram Yadav stood third
  • The BJP's prestige was at stake as its candidate from Rewari, Sunil Yadav, had lost the Assembly poll in October 2019 following friction among local party leaders
  • Capt Ajay Yadav of the Congress said how the BJP could win the top post when merely seven of its candidates were elected councillors


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