BJP suffers setback in Kangra

Fails to muster majority in Dharamsala; routed in Palampur

BJP suffers setback in Kangra

Voters wait to cast their votes in Dharamsala on Wednesday. Kamaljeet

Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, April 7

The ruling BJP suffered a setback in two major cities of Kangra, politically most significant district of the state having 15 Assembly constituencies. The results of the MC elections in Dharamsala and Palampur indicate towards anti-incumbency against the present government as the party failed to get a majority in Dharamsala or Palampur, the two corporations that went to polls despite the party using its ministers, Union ministers and even Chief Minister in polling.

In Dharamsala, the party won eight wards while the Congress won 5 wards. Four wards went to independents, who would now hold key to the post of Mayor. In Palampur the performance of BJP was dismal. The Congress won 11 in Palampur, BJP won two and two went to independents.

The government amended the MC Act in the Budget session to facilitate the elections to the corporations on party symbol.

Dharamsala registered 63.60 polling. The maximum polling of 75 was registered in Kashmir House and Sakoh wards whereas minimum polling of 53% was registered in Kotwali Bazaar ward. Polling remained peaceful all over the city and no incidence of violence or even altercation was reported from any of the polling centers.

Former Mayor of Congress Davinder Jaggi won from Ram Nagar (ward number 11). The deputy mayor Onkar Nehria of BJP won from Mcleodganj (ward number 3).

Polling in Forsthganj was 63.34%, Bhagsunag 71%, Mcleodganj 68.90%, Kashmir House 75%, Kajanchi Mohalla 60%, Kotwali Bazaar 53%, Secretariat 58%, Khel Parisar, 57%, Sakoh 75%, Shayam Nagar 57.5%, Ram Nagar 67%,, Barol 66.5%, Dari 63%, Kand 60%, Khaniara 73.5%, Sidhpur 65.6%, Sidhbari 56.5%.

A total of 24,929 voters, including 12,499 women, cast their votes.

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