SHIMLA: Congress finally managed to stop the winning streak of BJP in Himachal Pradesh by clinching two municipal corporation seats out of four, voting for which was held on April 7. Victory for the Congress — which has a clear majority in Palampur and Solan municipal corporations — ahead of the assembly elections next year came as a morale booster for the party’s cadre in the state.
Political observers say the wins indicate the party slowly regaining lost ground after the crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and assembly byelections of Pachhad and Dharamshala. The results are also an eye-opener for BJP, which will have to revise its strategy for ‘Mission Repeat’ in the 2022 assembly elections.
Of the 64 seats in all four municipal corporations, 29 have gone to Congress and 28 to the BJP. CPM and AAP have failed to clinch any seat.