The Bharatiya Janta Party on Saturday created history by winning 17 out of 34 wards in the Shimla Municipal Corporation election, The Indian Express reported. Independent candidates won three wards, while the Communist Party of India (Marxist) won one seat.
Four independents and one CPM candidate were also elected.
The 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. Only at Tarahall polling booth under Kaithu ward, candidates complained of EVM malfunctioning and demanded repoll. A total of 126 candidates, including 50 women, were in the fray. The poll percentage was over 57.86 till 1730 hrs as polling was continue in one or two polling both which was delayed due to technical snags.Voting began on a boring note, with below five per cent polling in the first hour and it rose to 15 per cent by 1000 hrs. BJp workers chanted "Jai Sri Ram" when former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal joined other party leaders, including the newly elected councillors, during the celebrations.
Shimla Municipal Corporation was held on last Friday and the counting of votes starts today from 8 AM. Dhumal is challenged by Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who is trying to return to state politics ahead of the Assembly elections. "Now we are going to win the final (assembly polls), too", he told IANS over phone.
Congratulating his party, PM Modi tweeted to say, "BJP's victory in the Shimla Municipal Corporation is historic & yet again reflects people's faith in development politics".
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.