From a safai karamchari to Chandigarh Mayor, meet Kuldeep Tita | Chandigarh News – DollarJob

From a safai karamchari to Chandigarh Mayor, meet Kuldeep Tita | Chandigarh News


Kuldeep Tita, the AAP-Congress alliance candidate who was captured shedding tears over the cameras after BJP’s candidate Manoj Sonkar was declared the winner on January 30, has finally been declared the Mayor of Chandigarh after a 21-day battle.

Kuldeep Tita, a 40-year-old councillor from Dadumajra, is a graduate (BA from IGNOU). He secured victory in the Municipal polls in 2021 and was employed with the Medical Officer of Health wing of the Municipal Corporation. Kuldeep, previously a safai karamchari with Chandigarh MC, was stationed at Sector 22 back in 2018.

“Initially, I would clean the streets as an MC safai karamchari… now I will get them cleaned as the city Mayor. I have managed to clean the ‘dirt’ the BJP created by its misdeeds,” shared Kuldeep in an exclusive conversation with The Indian Express.

With a wife and two kids – a son and a daughter – Kuldeep later became the Chairman of the Valmiki community. In 2019, he contested the elections of the Residents Welfare Association of Dadumajra and won, representing the
Congress. In 2021, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party. Previously, Kuldeep was associated with the BJP’s SC morcha, but he left the party to join the Congress.

“When I was with the BJP, I was too young… way back in 2010… I didn’t have much information,” reflected Kuldeep.

Festive offer

Kuldeep contested the Municipal polls for the first time on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket in December 2021 and defeated BJP’s sitting councillor and former Mayor Rajesh Kalia from Ward 26.

At present, Kuldeep runs a tent business in Dadumajra, providing tents for various events in the locality. In the general house, Kuldeep raises questions about the dumping ground in Dadumajra – a decades-old problem in the city.

Regarding his priorities, he said, “Since I have come from a background where I know how difficult it is to stay in Dadumajra across the dumping ground, getting it cleared and removed will be my first priority. Cleanliness will be my key agenda.”

About his victory, he said, “I am so grateful to the Supreme Court. I had lost all hope when 8 votes polled in my favour were invalidated. Finally, justice was delivered.”


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