Cong sweeps Punjab civic poll, Capt taller

Wins six of 7 corpns | Mohali result today | Akalis lose Bathinda | BJP routed amid farm stir

Cong sweeps Punjab civic poll, Capt taller

Congress workers celebrate poll victory at Phillaur, Jalandhar. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17

The Congress today registered an overwhelming victory in the Punjab municipal elections by pocketing around 67 per cent seats of seven municipal corporations and 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats.

The BJP, which went alone in any election for the first time in the state, stood last, losing badly even in its strongholds. The party had fielded 1,000 candidates.

Though the party ruling the state usually posts better results in civic elections, the ongoing farmers' stir created extra interest in the people's verdict this time.

Cong single largest party in Moga

  • In its first outing alone in Punjab politics, the BJP, which fielded 1,000 candidates, ends up at the bottom in the result tally
  • Congress emerges single largest party bagging 20 of 50 seats in the Moga corpn

The counting of votes for the Mohali Municipal Corporation would be held tomorrow as re-polling was held in two wards today.

The election results declared today put the Congress way ahead of other parties. With victory in 1,484 of the 2,165 wards of various municipal bodies, the Congress got clear majority in six of the seven corporations, including Bathinda (Akali bastion) and Gurdaspur/Pathankot area (BJP stronghold). It emerged as the single largest party in the Moga MC by winning 20 of the 50 seats. The party is likely to get support from 10 Independent winners.

Though the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) stood distant second with 294 seats, the party barely managed to win more seats than Independents (283). The Akalis are taking solace in emerging as the principal Opposition party, ahead of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

AAP, which won only 57 seats, lost badly even in key areas, including MP Bhagwant Mann's home district Sangrur.

The BJP could win only 47 seats. The party failed to retain its influence in Abohar, Pathankot and Batala and could not open its account in Bathinda and Kapurthala.

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