Dalhousie (Dec 3rd): Elections to the Dalhousie Municipal Council came to an end with the Indian National Congress winning six seats out of nine, with three going to the BJP. The posts of President and Vice President were also won by the Congress candidates. The contest for the President’s post was the most critical with the BJP candidate being the son of the local MLA.
Mannoj Chadha managed to retain his seat of the President as a Congress nominee, fighting the anti-incumbency factor which was against him. These elections were being seen as a precursor to the ensuing assembly election after two years. Mannoj Chadha thanked the people of the town and said, “The people of Dalhousie have once again given me an opportunity to serve them and have vouched for the developmental works which have been carried out in the town, during the past five years.”
The post of Vice President was also retained by the Congress nominee Bishan Lal, beating the BJP nominee Aman Mahindroo with a thin margin of 37 votes. Whereas Mannoj Chadha of Congress won with a margin of 223 votes beating Ashish Chadha of the BJP. It was for the first time that EVMs were used for polling and President and Vice President were elected directly by the people.