CHANDIGARH: BJP councillor Rajesh Kalia became the new Mayor of Chandigarh on Friday by defeating BJP rebel and independent candidate Satish Kainth.
Kalia got 16 votes while Mr Kainth received 11 votes in the Chandigarh Mayoral polls held here on Friday afternoon. Congress candidate Sheela Devi withdrew her name just before the elections.
Out of the 26 elected members in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the BJP has a majority with 20 councillors. The party also had the support of the lone SAD councillor. The Congress has only four councillors and one councillor is an Independent.
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who also has a vote being an ex officio member of the House, exercised her right to vote.