Shimla: Cong gets worst jolt,loses Municipal Corporation to CPM

Congress ruled corporation for 25 years but this year manged to get just 10 wards.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: May 28, 2012 3:28:23 pm

The Congress ruled Shimla Municipal Corporation — one of the country’s oldest corporation — for 25 years had on Monday received a worst-ever jolt with left wing CPI(M) winning post of mayor and deputy mayor.

By winning two top posts in the Municipal Corporation,the CPM has created a history in Shimla — a town having remained the stronghold of Congress.

Sanjay Chauhan won the post of mayor by a record margin of 7,860 votes while Tikender Singh Panwar — one of CPM’s aggressive face in the town won deputy mayor’s post by 4,778 votes. The party also won three municipal wards.

He got 21,903 votes as against 14,035 of the BJP’s S S Minhas.

The celebrations began in the town immediately after the announcement of the results and a landslide victory of the left party.

Chauhan earlier in 2007 Assembly elections had lost to BJP’s Suresh Bhardwaj but now he managed to stage a comeback to head Municipal Corporation by sheer hard-work and struggles as having led several protests and agitations on citizens’ issues including Annandale ground.

BJP’s S S Minhas,a leading Shimla surgeon — who was fielded for the mayor’s post lost to Sanjay Chauhan while incumbent mayor Madhu Sood managed to hold third place.

It was first time when elections to the post of mayor and deputy mayor were held through direct voting against previous system of councillors’ electing a mayor and deputy mayor.

The Congress which had majority of councillors could retain only 10 wards,thus improving its tally from eight to 12 wards but it was a blow to its plans of winning the corporation ahead of the Assembly polls,slated for this year end.

The Congress’s defeat in the Municipal Corporation is mainly attributed to factional wards in the party and a lack-luster performance in the corporation.

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