Supreme Court Annuls The Outcomes Of The Mayoral Election In Chandigarh

Supreme Court Ruling Reverses BJP Victory in Chandigarh Mayoral Election

In a landmark decision on February 20, 2024, the Supreme Court overturned the outcome of the Chandigarh mayoral election, originally held on January 30th.

The court officially declared Kuldeep Kumar, the joint candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, as the rightful winner, citing irregularities in the counting process overseen by presiding officer Anil Masih.

Key Highlights:

  • Initially, Manoj Sonkar of the BJP was declared the winner with a narrow margin of 8 votes.
  • AAP and Congress disputed the results, alleging discrepancies in the counting procedure.
  • The Supreme Court’s scrutiny revealed that Anil Masih had incorrectly invalidated 8 ballots, potentially altering the election outcome in favor of Kuldeep Kumar.
  • The court criticized Masih’s actions, stating that they unlawfully influenced the course of the election.

Significance of the Verdict:

  • The ruling represents a significant setback for the BJP’s aspirations to control the Municipal Corporation in Chandigarh.
  • It underscores the critical importance of ensuring fair and transparent electoral processes in the Indian democratic system.
  • The victory of the AAP-Congress alliance, formed specifically for this election, signals a united front against the BJP.

Additional Details:

  • For those interested in the legal intricacies of the case, the official Supreme Court order is available online.