Shimla, April 9 -- Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday said that to interpret the outcome of the MC polls as a referendum to his three-year rule would be an unfair assessment.

"Elections to the municipal corporation are different. Here issues are local and national issues do not count," Thakur said, while blaming the Congress for running a vicious campaign against the party.

Thakur said his government had upgraded the nagar panchayats in Solan, Palampur and Mandi for the planned development of towns. "My party has won the elections in Mandi with overwhelming support and is close to victory in Dharamshala . We accepted the challenge to hold elections on party symbols. Congress has little reason to be elated as the BJP has ...