Shimla Municipal Corporation

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Shimla Municipal Corporation
Municipal Corporation (Town Hall)
Type
Type
History
Founded 1851
Leadership
Kusum Sadret
Rakesh Kumar Sharma
Pankaj Rai HAS
Seats 34
Meeting place
Town Hall, Shimla
Website
www.shimlamc.gov.in/page/Home.aspx

Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) is the municipal corporation of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, and is the chief nodal agency for the administration of the city.

Overview[edit]

Established in 1851, the Shimla Municipal Corporation is an elected body comprising 34 councilors (28 till 2017), five of whom are nominated by the Government of Himachal Pradesh.[1] The nominations are based on prominence in the fields of social service, academics and other activities. Fifty percent of seats are reserved for women. The elections take place every five years and the mayor and deputy mayor are elected by and amongst the councilors themselves. Kusum Sadret and Rakesh Kumar Sharma of BJP are the present Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively.[2] The two major political parties are the Bharatiya Janata Party & Indian National Congress. Communist Party of India (Marxist) has been nearing extinction with just 1 member in current corporation.[3] The administrative head of the corporation is the Municipal Commissioner who is appointed by the state government.

Corporation Election 2012[edit]

The CPI(M) on Monday scripted a new history in Shimla Municipal Corporation polls winning the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor with a huge majority while the ruling BJP’s dream to end the 26-year INC dominance was shattered as it fell one seat short of majority.[4]

S.No. Party name Party flag or symbol Number of corporators
1 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 12
2 Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
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10
3 Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M))
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03

Corporation Election 2017[edit]

The BJP became the single largest party in the 2017 Municipal Corporation elections with 17 out of the 34 seats, falling short of absolute majority by just 1 seat, creating history by destroying the bastion of INC and might form the new MC too. It is for the first time in the history of Shimla Municipal Corporation that the saffron party has managed to secure the majority. Soon after the results, 1 victorious independent, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, joined BJP helping it reach the majority mark.[5]Worst performance came out for CPI(M) which only managed to win one seat that too in their only stronghold (SummerHill).

S.No. Party name Party flag or symbol Number of corporators
1 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 19
2 Indian National Congress (INC)
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12
3 Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M))
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01
4 Independents 02

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shimla Municipal Corporation". Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  2. ^ Kusum Sadret: BJP gets its first mayor in Shimla
  3. ^ "Shimla MC election results: BJP defeats Congress, creates history by winning maximum seats". Zee News.
  4. ^ "Shimla municipal poll: CPI(M) scripts history". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Shimla municipal corporation election results LIVE: BJP reaches halfway mark at 17". Indian Express. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.