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Dissolution of Shimla MC haunts BJP as opposition lays tempting bait for its Councilors

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The opposition has reportedly told vulnerable BJP Councilors that the two top positions would be given to them if they join hands to support a no-confidence motion.

Shimla: The town is still recovering from the acute water-scarcity it faced during last month. The government claimed that the town was receiving increased supply now, but SMC is still following the schedule prepared for town’s three zones for supplying drinking water after every three days.

Despite it, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Shimla remained missing from their offices on Monday and Tuesday. The Mayor reportedly escaped to some cultural function on Tuesday. Her absence enraged the people and Councilors who had come with their grievances to see her.

The attention of media, as well as their readers, has also now shifted from water scarcity to opposition Congress’s political move to dethrone Kusum Sadret and Rakesh Sharma from the chairs of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. As per the inside sources of the opposition, the bait laid for the BJP Councilor of Engine Ghar, Arti Chauhan, has worked.

She has agreed to use the support of the Congress-Councilors if she is given an opportunity to become the Deputy Mayor, said unofficial sources. It was further reported that about five Councilors of Congress have signed a written assurance to the BJP Councilor.

The Congress and BJP had won 12  and 17 seats respectively out of total 34 in the SMC elections held in 2017. Four seats were claimed by independent candidates while one went to the CPI(M).

BJP was one mark short of a majority and had poached one of Congress-supported independent Councilor, Sanjay Parmar, who had won elections from Ghora Chowki Ward. Sanjay was even thrashed for shifting his loyalty, and a video of the same had gone viral on social media.

Currently, owing to the failure to deal with water scarcity and Mayor’s poor performance, Congress is now at 16 – just short of two Councilors, which it is trying to poach from BJP. If opposition succeeds, then it can move a no-confidence motion to derail the current MC.

The opposition has reportedly told vulnerable BJP Councilors that the two top positions would be given to them if they join hands to support a no-confidence motion.

Congress’s choice for the Deputy Mayor is Arti Chauhan while poaching is still going on for the new Mayor. In simple words, currently, the eligibility for a highly important post of  Mayor is to shift loyalty.

It is to be seen whether BJP could prevent this one unidentified Councilor from falling to the temptation of sitting on the Mayor’s chair.

It would be a huge embarrassment for the ruling government as it was the first time in the history of SMC that people had given a chance to the BJP to run the Corporation.

The SMC has not completed its first year and it would be a great opportunity for Congress to propagate incapability of the BJP in running SMC and managing its own Councilors.

The acute water-scarcity and inequitable distribution of available drinking water to facilitate VIPs and influential have put the BJP on the target of not only the people but also on its own Councilors.

The opportunity for Congress is most suitable as the mismanagement and poor response of the current MC to the water scarcity had forced more than half-a-dozen of its own Councilors to come out on streets to protest against the Mayor, who had opted to disappear from the scene for an opportunity of a foreign tour.

The Councilors of the Engine Ghar and Dalli Wards had even sat on a dharna in front of the SMC Office. They didn’t listen to the Deputy Mayor at all, and the High Command had to intervene to silence them by evening.

The Legal Cell of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee has already submitted a memorandum to the Governor Acharya Devvrat on June 4 urging him to direct dissolution of the SMC under Section 404 of the Shimla MC Act 1994.

Further, the public, too, doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the performance of the current Mayor, who could soon repent choosing China visit over being present among the people.

Go through the comments made by the people on a post regarding the reason given by Mayor behind the urgency of her visit to China:

But it is the public that is sandwiched between the ruling government and opposition. This is why the political parties and their leaders do not get time to think about the welfare of the people.

Sadly, the MC currently does not require professional politicians but leaders with a scientific attitude and knowledge of technicalities crucial to running a town.  

Shimla town is an ecologically fragile hill station and requires a scientific approach in order to sustain itself amid rapid environmental degradation and haphazard, unplanned construction.

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HP ByPolls 2021: No Big Guns in BJP Star Campaigners’ List   

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HP Bye Polls BJP star campaigner list

Shimla-Following the completion of the round for filing nominations for Himachal Pradesh Bye-Polls 2021 for Mandi Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies – Arki, Fatehpur, and Jubbal-Kotkhai, Bharatiya Janata Party has also released the list of its star campaigners.

The opposition Congress had already released the list that included names of Kanahaiya Kumar, who has been newly inducted into the party. Other than that, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Minister of Punjab Charan Singh Channi, Raj Babbar, and Sachin Pilot were also on the list among other names.

Also Read: List of Congress Star Campaigners for HP Bye-Polls 2021

It was being speculated that big guns like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, JP Nadda etc could be on the list of star campaigners, however, any such names were missing. Anurag Thakur is the only Union Minister who would be campaigning in Himachal. BJP has also not included the name of MP Kishan Kapoor. The party is relying mostly on local leadership.

BJP’s list of star campaigners for HP ByePolls 2021 includes the following leaders:

Suresh Kashyap

Jairam Thakur

Shanta Kumar

Prem Kumar Dhumal

Anuraag Thakur

Avinash Rai Khanna

Sanjay Tandon

Mehndra Singh Thakur

Suresh Bharadwaj

Virendra Kanwar

Bikarm Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

Rajeev Sahjal

Sukhram Chaudhary

Rakesh Pathania

Rajeev Bindal

Sushree Indu Goswami

Trilok Jamval

Trilok Kapur

Rakesh Jamval

 

 

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HP ByPolls 2021: Total 24 Candidates File Nominations, Including Chetan Bragta as Independent Candidate

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Shimla-Nominations for Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 were filed on Friday by a total of 24 candidates, of which four are substitute candidates and nine independent. Two candidates of the Himachal Jan Kranti Party have also filed nominations from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat and the Fatehpur Assembly constituency. The remaining one nomination was filed by the candidate of Rashtriya Lok Neeti Party from Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

Today was the last day for filing nominations.

The nominations would be scrutinized on October 11, and October 13 would be the last date to withdraw nominations. The polling would be held on October 30. 

While Congress has played safe and facing lesser in-fighting over the distribution of tickets, BJP faced resistance on all three Assembly seats – Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai, and Fatehpur.

While BJP managed to convince two of its miffed leaders from Arki and Fatehpur to not file nominations as independent candidates, it couldn’t stop Chetan Bragta – son of former MLA Narender Bragta-from revolting. Bragta filed his nomination as an independent candidate from the Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly seat where BJP had picked Neelam Seraik over him. A large procession followed Bragta while he filed the nomination. His supporters even blocked the road for Seraik who was on her way to file the nomination. Bragta’s supporters also shouted slogans against Suresh Bhardwaj, who is in-charge of the Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency for these bye-elections.

It’s pertinent to mention that Narender Bragta and Suresh Bhardwaj didn’t enjoy good political relations. When Bhardwaj was given charge of this constituency for the bye-elections, the decision had raised the eyebrows of supporters of Bragta. In this constituency, BJP is likely to face a hard time claiming a victory if it couldn’t convince Bragta to withdraw his nomination.

However, BJP leadership managed to convince Govind Sharma and Kripal Parmar, who were miffed over being denied ticket from Arki and Fatehpur seats respectively, to not jump into the fray as rebels.

 HP ByPolls 2021: INC and BJP Candidates from Three Assembly Constituencies 

Assembly Constituency

INC

BJP

Jubbal-Kotkhai (Shimla)

Rohit Thakur 

Neelam Seraik

Arki (Solan)

Ratan Singh Pal

Sanjay Awasthi 

Fatehpur (Kangra)

Bhawani Singh Pathania 

Baldev Thakur

     

 

INC and BJP Candidates from One Lok Sabha Seat

Mandi Lok Sabha Seat 

INC

BJP

       
 

Pratibha Singh 

Brig (Retired) Kushal Chand

     
             
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HP ByPolls 2021: Congress Star Campaigners List Out, Includes Kanhaiya Kumar Too

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Shimla-Ahead of Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 to be held on October 30, the political environment is charging up in the state. Friday is the last date for filing nominations and most of the candidates have completed this formality. Today, Pratibha Singh – INC candidate from Mandi Lok Sabha seat also filed nomination.

The round for political rallies, public meetings, and door-to-door campaigning has also been kicked off. As usual, star campaigners from outside and within the state would campaign for the candidates.  

HP Congress has issued the list of star campaigners. This list also included newly inducted left-wing face Kanhaiya Kumar. Other than that, Punjab’s new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Chaani and Navjot Singh Sidhu are also on the list.

Though the Election Commission has issued directions regarding strict adherence to Covid-19 norms and put some restrictions on gatherings and rallies, it’s to be seen whether the parties would comply with them or not. The number of Star Campaigners was restricted to 20 for these bye-elections for National /State recognized parties and 10 for unrecognized registered parties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also Read: All HP By-Polls 2021 Guidelines and Covid Protocols That Are Likely to be Eschewed

Following Leaders Would Campaign in Himachal for INC:

 

Bhupesh Baghel

Charanjit Singh Chaani

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Anand Sharma

Rajeev Shukla

Raj Babbar

Asha Kumari

Dhaniaram Shandil

Sachin Pilot

Gurkirat Singh Kotli

Navjot Singh Sdhu

Sanjay Dutt

Thakur Kaul Singh

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu

Kuldeep Singh Rathore

Mukesh Agnihotri

Rajender Rana

Dharamvir Singh Rana

Kanhaiya Kumar

Vikramaditya Singh 

 
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