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BJP wrests Jammu Municipal Corporation

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Jammu, Nov 15: Senior BJP leader Chander Mohan Gupta was elected Thursday as the new mayor of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) while Purnima Sharma, also from the BJP, was elected as the deputy mayor.

Gupta pledged to work to make the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir as one of the best cities in the country.

“My first priority will be to make Jammu one of the beautiful cities of the country and a better place for the residents,” Gupta said after being elected.

The BJP swept the JMC polls, winning 43 of the 75 wards. The Urban Local Bodies elections were held in the state in four phases from October 08 to 16 after a gap of 13 years.

While Gupta polled 45 votes, his nearest rival Vijay Choudhary, a Congress backed independent candidate won 30 votes. Gupta has won from ward number 33 for the second time.

Gupta, the BJP treasurer, said he will take all the councillors along to ensure that Jammu is developed on modern lines and made a clean and green city.

“I am from RSS background where it is taught to take everyone along without any discrimination,” he said.

Flagging shortage of staff like sweepers as a major obstacle, the BJP leader said he will take up the issue with concerned quarters to ensure that all the vacant posts are filled up and even if the need arises “we will re-employee retired persons who are fit to work”.

He said the smart city project would be implemented to achieve the desired results.

“We will make water-bodies and place ‘shikaras’ (boats) in them for sightseeing. Cycling tracks and malls will also be part of the smart city project,” he said.

Many senior BJP leaders including state president Ravinder Raina felicitated the winners and later took out a victory rally in the city.

Purnima Sharma got 48 votes for the post of deputy mayor, defeating her Congress rival Charanjeet Kour.

Sharma thanked the party and the councillors in reposing faith in her and said she will work with dedication to make the city a better place for living.

“Today, the lotus (symbol of BJP) is blooming in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir which in because of the people who have reposed faith in the party given its policies, development work and the achievements made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the past four-and-a-half years,” Raina said.

He said the BJP will continue its good work for the people of the state.

“It is not only the victory of the BJP and tricolor but the people of Jammu as well,” he said. (With PTI inputs)

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