Heat before Municipal Council elections

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Prachi Raturi


Would he, won’t he? How about him?

Even as endless conversations are brimming about the upcoming Municipal Council election, over endless cups of ginger tea on chilly winter evenings here, a prominent one is who all are going to contest the elections.

The names doing rounds from Congress are of course of the present head, Manmohan Singh Mall, not to forget Satish Dhoundiyal, Anuj Gupta, Rajat Aggarwal and Megh Singh Kandari. When it comes to BJP, it’s the ex-president O.P. Uniyal, Mohan Petwal and ex college president, Dharampal Panwar.

That said there are community votes that are being eyed by Billu Valmiki and one Narendra Kumar, both of who easily gather 600-1000 votes each.

 Interestingly months before the Municipal Council elections, the excitement is already building up with one upmanship by both parties.

Take for example the fact that Congress’ Jasbir Kaur during the Winterline Carnival alleged that the entire event is an eye wash. Of how there has been no money for the Civil Hospital and the roads but enough money for a carnival.

Not too long after O.P. Uniyal organised a press conference saying the current Municipal Council office was misusing public money and property for personal gains.

A few days later Shashi Rawat threatened to resign from the Municipal Council. It is another thing that she submitted the resignation to DM rather than the president Municipal Council. Needless to say, she is still in the Municipal council Board.

The latest spice in the municipal council election broth then was added by Amit Bhatt on Tuesday.

In a letter addressed to Election commission, Uttarakhand, DM and MLA, Ganesh Joshi, the former Yuva morcha head, BJP, Mussoorie, and Bhatt alleged a tampering in the voter list of ward four.

“BLA officials went door to door and collected details on voters and submitted it to the Municipal Council after which the copy has been tampered with. There are duplicate signatures and over 100 local voters have been left out” the letter states.

Addressing a press conference later, the young man told journalists how they will take the matter further with the SDM and request her to form an enquiry committee.

The current Municipal Council president till the elections in April at least, Manmohan Mall meanwhile told enewsdesk like the political veteran he is, “These are all gimmicks to get attention. The person who has worked for people will win!”

Who will finally win is anyone’s guess but what is certain is a lot of excitement!