For the first time in 26 years, BJP on Saturday created history in the state of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, by winning 17 out of 34 wards in a close contest. Though it failed to get the majority of 18 members. The main opposition party Congress, which ruled the city for nearly three decades managed to get its 12 candidates elected. One seat is won by CPI-M while three seats were won by independent candidates. In the voting held on Friday, the city saw a turnout of nearly 52,000 out of the total 91,000 electorate to elect the new civic body. In the oldest municipal corporation in the country, Tibetans also exercised their franchise in the elections.
The main competition was between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The BJP has supported 34 candidates, the Congress 27 and the CPI-M 22 candidates. The Congress party in Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) was ruling for 26 years in a row till the last elections. In 2012, the CPI-M won the Mayor and Deputy Mayor posts as also election for one councillor’s seat. According to PTI reports, the Nabha ward, reserve for Scheduled Caste women, and Shanti Bihar ward recorded heaviest polling at 66 per cent, while Benmur ward, reserved for women, recorded lowest polling at 47 per cent.
The number of wards was increased from 25 in 2012 polls to 34 this time and the post of Mayor, who would elected by indirect votes has been reserved for SC woman, as per PTI reports.