Shimla: First of the mark, Communist Party of India (Marxists) have announced their candidates for mayors and deputy mayors election for Shimla municipal poll to be held in May.
District committee secretary Onkar Shad in a communiqué named Sanjay Chauhan as the CPI (M) candidate for mayor and Tikender Panwar for the deputy mayor’s position.
The party also declared two other candidates for the ward elections. While Diksha Thakur has been named the party candidate for the Summer Hill ward, Saksham Verma would be contesting from the Nabha ward.
Much importance is being attached to the civic polls as it comes up a few months before the general assembly elections and is being contested on party symbols for the first time.
Breaking from the past, the election for the mayor and deputy mayor post is being held by way of a direct election in the municipality. The municipality has been divided into 23 wards for which councilors would be elected separately.