The results of elections in 2302 wards of 8 municipal corporations and 109 municipal council-nagar panchayats in Punjab have started coming. The ruling Congress has won six of the seven municipal corporations of Punjab, while the seventh has emerged as the largest party in the municipal corporation. The party has cleared the opposition parties in the urban body elections.
In the backdrop of the farmers’ agitation against the three agricultural laws of the central government, the Congress has won a landslide victory in Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Batala and Pathankot in the elections held in the municipal corporations. However, in Moga, the Congress has emerged as the single largest party and has lost six seats by a majority.
The counting of votes for another municipal corporation will be done on Thursday. Apart from this, 109 city council election results are also expected. The Congress has been successful in all 29 seats in Gurdaspur, Lok Sabha constituency of BJP MP Sunny Deol. The BJP could not get a single seat there. Here Congress has fielded 29 candidates, Akali Dal 27, BJP 20, Aam Aadmi Party has fielded 18 candidates, but no party has been able to get a single seat except Congress. The voters rejected all parties, relying on the Congress.
Congress leaders have also started celebrating in the joy of victory. Minister of Punjab Government Manpreet Singh Badal said on this occasion that Bathinda will have a Mayor of Congress for the first time in 53 years. He thanked Bathindavis and said that it was possible only through hard work day and night of all the workers and candidates. Ferozepur Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinky, on the other hand, said after winning 33 of the 33 wards, it has never happened before.
Let us know that the voting for the municipal elections was held on 14 February (Sunday). A large number of voters left their homes and used their vote. The voter turnout in the state was 71.39 percent. State Election Commission spokesperson had reported that reports were received from the Returning Officer (RO) of Patran that some miscreants damaged the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at polling station number 11 of ward number eight. Reports were received from RO of Samana about the damage caused to the EVMs by the miscreants at polling booths numbers 22 and 23 of ward number 11.