Tribune News Service
Mandi, March 22
The BJP and the Congress declared their candidates for all 15 wards for the Municipal Corporation elections in Mandi today. The nomination papers will be filed up to March 24.
The Congress has entrusted the responsibility of the elections to senior leader GS Bali while the BJP has tasked IPH Minister Mahender Singh Thakur with winning the poll.
The MC elections here is a prestige issue for the BJP, as Mandi is the home district of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. However, the disadvantage for the BJP is that sitting MLA from Mandi Sadar Anil Sharma is not campaigning for the party candidates in his own Assembly segment. His son Ashray Sharma is leading the campaign for the Congress candidates in Mandi. Ashray had contested the last Lok Sabha elections from Mandi on the Congress ticket.