70% voters living in the Mussoorie Municipality have given their verdict. Shri Anuj Gupta, the young, independent face bagged the coveted Mussoorie Mayor’s seat.
With twenty-eight polling booths scattered in six sectors divided into two zones, some sixty three candidates contested for the civic poll in the Queen of Hills, including members for the thirteen municipal wards. While nine independent candidates took charge of their wards, four Congress candidates, out of which three repeat candidates swept the poll.
Counting began at Ghananand Inter College, Mussoorie early yesterday morning and trends started pouring in by noon. Anuj Gupta, Independent candidate from the very beginning took an early lead, he maintained it despite three rounds of recounting late into the evening.
Out of the six candidates that stood for the Mayor post, the fight was said to be between three popular candidates namely Anuj Gupta who stood as an Independent, OP Uniyal, former mayor of Mussoorie stood under the BJP banner while Congress Party fielded Megh Singh Kandhari.
- Anuj Gupta (Independent): 5176
- Op Uniyal (BJP):5012
- Megh Singh Kandari (Congress): 4312
- Sumit (AAP): 120
- Billu Valmiki (Independent):111
- Puran Singh Rauchela (Independent): 24
What makes Mussoorie a hot-seat?
Is it the fact that it homes Premier Institutes like the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, the Institute of Technical Management, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy. Or is it the fact that many educational institutes, some of which date back to the late 1850’s ensure that VIP and VVIP’s make a beeline to the hill-station throughout the year.
The Mayor being the first citizen of the town holds an added responsibility of playing the perfect host to all who come visiting.
Taking the baton forward, Anuj Gupta, the town’s newly elected mayor has been given the task to ensure that in his five years he polish’s the crown of the ‘Queen of Hills’ and brings back its fading lustre.