Shimla Municipal Corporation elections threw interesting results yesterday with CPI(M) candidates Sanjay Chauhan being elected for the post of Mayor and Tekinder Singh Panwar for Deputy Mayor with huge margin defeating S.S. Minhas and Digvijay Chauhan of the BJP. While for the post of ward councilors, BJP won 12 seats, Congress 10 and CPI(M) 3 seats, respectively said the district election officer.
CPI(M) candidate Sanjay Chauhan got 21903 votes for the post of Mayor defeating his nearest BJP rival S.S. Minhas with margin of 7868 after getting 14035 votes. While Madhu Sood, the incumbent Mayor of Shimla from the Congress was pushed to third position after getting 13278 votes.
CPI(M) Tekinder Panwar was declared elected for the post of Deputy Mayor with a margin of 4778 votes after getting 21096 votes, defeating nearest rival of the BJP Digvijay Chauhan who got 16418 votes and Congress candidate Devinder Chauhan who remained on third position with 13205 votes .
Congress party got a major setback after being pushed to the second place in the House. BJP emerged as the largest party in the house after winning 12 seats and replacing the Congress after 26 years. The Congress had majority in the 25-member Shimla MC, one of the oldest municipality’s in the country having won 15 seats in the 2007 MC elections.