Congress woos Gurgaon independents
Gurgaon: The ruling Congress party is making backdoor manoeuvres to gain control of the newly-elected Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) after voters showed a dislike for representatives of major political parties.
Gurgaon, a bustling modern township situated in the southwest of the national capital, elected 25 independents in the 35-member corporation in Sunday's election. While the Indian National Lok Dal bagged six seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win four.
The Congress party under a plan opted not to field its candidates and is now trying to woo the independents to formally join the party so that it can handle Haryana's richest and most prestigious civic body.
Gurgaon recorded an impressive 65 per cent voters' turnout, although the residents of posh new Gurgaon localities, the preferred inhabitation of migrants from Delhi, opted to spend the Sunday at home rather than venture out in scorching heat to cast their votes.
The Congress party is desperate to have its own mayor in the city and is trying to drum up support for some of its cadres who got elected as independents.