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Election of Shimla mayor, deputy deferred till tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The of the mayor and deputy mayor of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) was deferred till tomorrow over lack of quorum as the and (M) councillors walked away after taking oath.

The would be held tomorrow and the new mayor and deputy mayor would be elected even if some members stay absent, officials said.

A minimum quorum of two-thirds (26) members is required for the of the mayor and his deputy but only 19 backed councillors were present.

Immediately after D K Gupta, Director of Urban Development, administered oath to newly elected members and adjourned the House for tea break, the and CPI(M) councillors left and did not return when the House reassembled.

Meanwhile the backed councillors remained closeted inside the Bachat Bhawan, the meeting venue.

After waiting for some time, Gupta announced that the cannot be held as the quorum was incomplete and adjourned the house till 11.00 AM tomorrow.

Earlier the got a shot in the arm with the support of an independent Sanjay Parmar, elected from Kachhi Ghati ward, raising its strength to 19 in the 34-member house.

rebel, Rakesh Kumar, who was elected from Panthaghati, had already announced support to

The councillors had gone into hiding immediate after the results were announced and appeared only at the venue of the meeting.

All 19 councillors, escorted by state chief Satpal Singh Satti and local MLA Suresh Bharadwaj reached the venue together and party workers made a human chain to insulate them from any outside contact.

The councillors were taken to some unknown destination as the party leaders feared poaching by the The backed councillors again left for some unknown place after the meeting.

In the held on June 16, 17 backed and 12 supported councillors had won. Two independents were taken by into its fold, raising its strength to 19.

HPCC president Sukhvinder Sukkhu accused the of keeping the councillors in captivity.

The Mayor and deputy Mayor would be elected tomorrow whether the and CPI(M) attend the meeting or not, official sources said.

The Himachal High Court had directed the state government to hold the polls and ensure that the SMC was duly constituted by June 20.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 22:57 IST