The BJP has reached the halfway mark in the Shimla Municipal Corporation election winning 17 out of 34 wards. The Congress won 13 wards while Independents claimed 2 wards. The CPI(M) won 1 ward. This is the first time the BJP has reached majority in the corporation that has been a Congress citadel for 32 years.
Shimla Municipal Corporation Election results Highlights:
3:10 pm: BJP gets halfway number at 17 in 34 member corporation.
2.08 pm: Results for 28 out of 34 wards have been declared.
2.05 pm: Heavy rains have stopped the counting process in Shimla. So far BJP and Congress neck and neck with 12 each. 1 seat to a CPM-backed independent candidate, 3 Congress backed independent candidates have won.
12.45 pm: In 2012, the CPM surprised everyone by winning the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in a direct contest. BJP had 12 councillors, Congress 10 in the outgoing 25-member body. Congress had ruled the SMC for 26 years before 2012.
12.30 pm: CPM opens tally with one win, BJP at 8, and Congress at 6.