Congress wins Shimla Civic poll, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh attributes to good goverance

category Regional, shimla, , tags Regional, shimla, , DW BUREAU shimla Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Thursday said people voted for the Congress in the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) polls because of the party s good governance in the state in the past five months. The Congress won 24 of the 34 wards in the SMC. The BJP won nine wards and CPI(M) one, while the AAP, which had contested on 21 wards, drew a blank. Addressing a press conference, Sukhu thanked the people of the capital city for voting for the Congress. We are here to bring positive change in the system and not to enjoy power. We would work with Seva Bhav , Sukhu said, adding the development of Shimla city would be the top priority.He said the BJP had postponed the SMC elections for almost 11 months to escape defeat. The Congress has implemented the old pension scheme for the employees and also gave Rs 1,500 per month to 2.40 lakh women in the age group of 18 to 60 as promised in the party manifesto released ahead of the assembly polls, the chief minister said. Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh accompanied Sukhu at the press conference. Former chief minister and leader of opposition Jairam Thakur said he accepts the verdict of the people. However, he accused the Congress of influencing the SMC polls. Thakur alleged that people living outside Shimla were made to cast votes in the civic polls. This mandate is not purely of the people living in Shimla, he added. Congress MLAs, ministers and even the chief minister voted in other assembly constituencies in the assembly polls held in November 2022 and now they voted in Shimla Municipal Corporation elections, he alleged. My vote was also registered in Shimla and we could have also voted in Shimla, but I, along with my family members, through a letter got the names deleted as our votes were registered in my assembly constituency Seraj as well, Thakur said. We lost three seats from a thin margin of 8, 29 and 34 votes, he said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated the party workers on Thursday for a big victory in the Shimla Municipal Corporation polls, saying people have reposed their faith in the party due to the fulfilment of the guarantees given by the Himachal Pradesh government and hoping that Karnataka will do the same. Many congratulations to all our lion-hearted workers, leaders and members of the state for the big victory of the Congress in the Shimla Municipal Corporation polls, the former party chief said in a tweet in Hindi. The Himachal Pradesh government has fulfilled the promises given to the people and that is why Shimla has reposed its faith in the Congress. Now, it is the turn of the five guarantees in Karnataka, he added. The Congress also tweeted, saying the party has registered a landslide victory in the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections. Congratulations to all the newly-elected members. Service of the people -- the resolution of the Congress, it said. (editor


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