BJP leader Chander Mohan Gupta elected Jammu mayor

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Chander Mohan Gupta and Purnima Sharma Thursday were respectively elected as mayor and deputy mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).
BJP leader Chander Mohan Gupta elected Jammu mayor
Photo: Bivek Mathur

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Chander Mohan Gupta and Purnima Sharma Thursday were respectively elected as mayor and deputy mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).

The election for the post of mayor and deputy mayor was held at Town Hall, Jammu through secret ballot system.

For the post of mayor, Gupta secured 45 votes while his nearest rival Vijay Choudhary, an independent backed by the Congress, got 30 votes.

For deputy mayor post, Sharma bagged 48 votes and the Congress candidate, Charanjeet Kaur got 27 votes.

Gupta was the RSS choice for the post of mayor.  He remained associated with rightwing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for a long time before actively joining the BJP. 

Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Gupta said, "My focus is on promotion of tourism, sports, ensuring proper treatment of city sewerage, maintaining cleanliness in all wards, door-to-door collection of wastes, removing encroachments from congested pockets, etc."

Meanwhile, Sharma, L LB, is the first time corporator from ward number 1 of Jammu east constituency, the traditional bastion of BJP.

Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Sharma said her priority is to make Jammu a lush green city so that it becomes the most preferred tourist destination after the Vaishno Devi and Amarnath shrines in the state.

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