Jammu to get new mayor, Dy mayor after Amit Shah’s visit

Yogesh Sagotra. Updated: 10/1/2022 12:21:46 PM Front Page

‘Around half dozen shortlisted for replacements’

Jammu: The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) will get a new mayor and deputy mayor after Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Jammu and Kashmir from October 3 to 5.
As per party sources, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will finalize the name of the new mayor and deputy mayor before 10th of this month, most probably after the union minister’s scheduled visit.
Party sources said that names of about half a dozen councilors have been shortlisted for the new mayor and deputy mayor.
Sources said that these names include BaldevBaloria, Pradeep Kapahi, Rajendra Kumar, Sanjay Baru, Gurmeet Kaur Randhawa, Suneet Kumar Raina etc. Sources said that the party's national leadership have also been informed about the shortlisted names.
“After Amit Shah's visit to J&K, there will be a meeting of BJP's state leadership once again with National General Secretary and state in-charge TarunChugh. After this, the names of the new mayor and deputy mayor will be finalized,” said a BJP leader on condition of anonymity. BJP state president Ravindra Raina said that the names for both the posts will be finalized after the Home Minister's visit is over.
Meanwhile, after resignations on September 24, both mayor Chander Mohan Gupta and deputy mayor Purnima Sharma continue as Acting Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are not able to sanction new works or projects and only monitor sustainable work done in the Municipal Corporation.
The important decisions will now be taken only after the new mayor and deputy mayor are elected.
However, as per legal experts, the mayor may have to resign again.
“According to municipal laws, the situation has not been clarified in the article on the resignation of the Mayor-Deputy Mayor together. According to the rule, the mayor had to resign to the deputy mayor and the deputy mayor to the mayor, but here both of them resigned together. In such a situation, the resignation of the Deputy Mayor was accepted. Now after the selection of the deputy mayor, the mayor may have to resign again.
General House meeting not this month
Due to the absence of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, the meeting of the House is also likely to be held till November.
When contacted, Rahul Yadav, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation said, “The resignation has been sent to the government. Both will remain on the post till the approval of the new Mayor and deputy Mayor. After getting the approval, the next process will start”.
On September 24, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) submitted their resignations after a meeting chaired by Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina here.
Both Gupta and Sharma resigned voluntarily and expressed their desire to work for strengthening the organisation (BJP), Raina told reporters after the joint meeting of the party corporators and leaders. Gupta and Sharma took over their respective posts on November 15, 2018, after the BJP swept the prestigious JMC, winning 43 out of the 75 wards. The urban local bodies elections were held in four phases from October 8-16 in 2018 after a gap of 13 years.
Updated On 10/1/2022 12:32:45 PM


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