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Posted at: Jan 12, 2019, 8:05 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2019, 8:05 AM (IST)

3,900 to cast vote in Sangti bypoll today

3,900 to cast vote in Sangti bypoll today
CPM supporters campaign at Sangti in Shimla on Friday.

Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 11

Over 3,900 voters will cast votes in the by-election to Sangti ward tomorrow. Election officer has set up five polling booths in the ward.

Ruling BJP, opposition Congress and CPM leaders have turned the by-election into a prestigious contest putting their weight behind their respective candidates - Meera Sharma (BJP), Shilpa Chauhan, (Congress) and Ranjna Verma (CPM), an activist of Gudia Nyay Manch.

Over 3,900 voters will cast votes and the results would be declared tomorrow. Counting of votes will start at 4 pm.

The voters have raised the issue of construction of a road, regular water supply, regularisation of their houses and garbage collection in the ward keeping the candidates guessing. The Congress and the CPM have termed Meera Sharma as an opportunist and a party hopper as she has changed her loyalties twice. But the ruling BJP says Meera Sharma is the strongest possible candidate as she is a social activist and enjoys rapport with the voters.

Shimla BJP legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret and other leaders from Kasumpati mandal have been campaigning for Meera Sharma, who resigned as a Congress councilor from Sangti.

Kasumpati Congress MLA Anirudh Singh and other councilors campaigned vigorously in support of Shilpa Chauhan, seeking votes for development of the ward.

Theog CPM legislator Rakesh Singha, CPM leader Kuldip Tanvar, former Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, CITU leader Vijender Mehra worked hard for Ranjna Verma, a social activist who had championed the cause of a gruesome rape and murder of Kotkhai school girl under Gudia Nyay Manch. Sanjay Chauhan charged that the Mayor was violating the model code of conduct as she was photographed along with a JE and others in Sangti ward, which the latter denied.

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