BJP creates history by winning maximum seats in Shimla civic body

  • BJP creates history by winning maximum seats in Shimla civic body

BJP creates history by winning maximum seats in Shimla civic body

But the party is all set to grab the reins of the country's oldest civic body for the first time by electing its Mayor with the support of an Independent candidate.

The election saw 34 BJP-supported candidates, 27 Congress and 22 CPI (M) candidates, apart from independent candidates.

Three of the independent candidates have extended their support to the Congress, but the tally would still only go up to 15, three short of the magic figure of 18.

"We are going to take control of the Municipal Corporation with the support of one independent", a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told IANS.

Fourth independent victor Rakesh Kumar is a BJP rebel and he's likely to extend support to the saffron party for getting a simple majority. Half of the elected candidates are women as 50% of the seats are reserved for them.

What has added to the BJP's apprehensions was some posts on social media by Vikramaditya Singh, the Chief Minister's son and the Youth Congress president who termed the mandate in the corporation polls as "fractured". Also, BJP will rule the municipal corporation of the state capital for the first time.BJP's victory from two wards out of four under Shimla rural assembly constituency represented by Virbhadra Singh could be a problem for the Congress in the assembly elections. It thus ruled the civic body with its three members in the then 25-seat House - a majority of the councillors were from the BJP. This election was seen as a semi-final before the Assembly elections.

The results of Shimla Municipal Corporation elections 2017 have been declared. He said the party would soon fulfill its election promises that include provision of adequate safe drinking water, bigger parking spaces and proper infrastructural development of the city.

Dhumal was marginalised after the party's humiliating defeat in the December 2012 assembly polls.

The results come just a few months before the Assembly elections in the State.