Chandigarh Mayor Elections : SC set for decisive hearing,

Chandigarh Mayor Elections: SC set for decisive hearing, focus on ballot paper review and future direction

SC Verdict on Chandigarh Mayor Polls: The SC has slated an examination of the ballot papers and a comprehensive review of the entire election footage for 2 pm on February 20. Speculation is rife that the votes might be tallied, potentially disregarding the marks on the eight ballot papers.

The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that the outcome of the contentious Chandigarh mayoral election will be determined based on the existing ballot papers, rather than calling for a fresh election. During the hearing of the case, the apex court criticised presiding officer Anil Masih’s role and also expressed deep concern about the prevalence of horse trading, indicating awareness of the situation.

Controversial Ballot Papers Ignite BJP vs AAP Legal Showdown

The eight “defaced” ballot papers, which are central to the controversy surrounding last month’s Chandigarh mayoral poll, have sparked a political and legal battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). These ballots are slated to be presented in the SC on February 20.

BJP Secures Mayoral Position Amid Controversy

During the Chandigarh mayoral elections held on January 30, the BJP held 14 councilor seats, making it the largest party in terms of numbers. Additionally, the AAP had 13 councilors, while the Congress had 7. Furthermore, one councilor belonged to the Shiromani Akali Dal. The Member of Parliament from Chandigarh also participated in the voting process. The AAP-Congress alliance had jointly contested the mayor’s election. As per the expected tally, the AAP-Congress alliance should have secured the mayorship. However, 8 votes belonging to the AAP-Congress alliance were invalidated, resulting in the BJP, with 16 votes, clinching the mayoral position.

Bureau Report, All Rights Magazine

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