Dharamshala, April 9 -- The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed majority in the Dharamshala municipal corporation after one of the independent councillors joined the party on Thursday.

The BJP had won eight of 17 wards in the MC polls held on April 7 and was one short of the majority mark.

The Congress, which had 15 members in the previous corporation, had bagged five seats while independent candidates had won four seats.

Forest minister Rakesh Pathania ,who was in-charge of the Dharamshala civic body polls, said the BJP will form the new corporation with 12 councillors against Congress' five.

"Independent councillor Sarv Chand has extended support to the party and also attended its meeting. Two more independent councillor...