SAD-BJP sweeps Punjab MC elections

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2015 19:09 IST

The ruling SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab on Thursday swept the civic polls held last week by clinching four of the six Municipal Corporation seats.

Interestingly, BJP was ahead of its partner SAD in three seats.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that people of Punjab have reposed faith in "progressive and result oriented" policies of the alliance.

However, former Congress Chief Minister Amarinder Singh alleged that the polls were "brutally manipulated" by the Akalis.

The elections were held for a total of 300 Wards in the six Municipal Corporations. Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara,Pathankot, Mohali and Moga had 50 Wards each.

The results of 298 Wards have been declared by the State Election Commission (SEC) on February 26, an official spokesman said.

Election in one Ward at Pathankot was postponed due to the death of an Independent candidate and result of one Ward in Mohali has been sealed due to an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the spokesman said.

The ruling alliance won majority in the four Municipal Corporations of Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Moga. It reached the half way mark at Phagwara and was three short of
majority in Mohali.

The alliance was one short of majority at Phagwara where it won in 25 Wards (SAD-9, BJP-16). The Congress won in 14 Wards, BSP in 2 and remaining nine went to Independents.

BJP on its own won in 29 Wards at Pathankot where the SAD drew a blank. The Congress won in 11 Wards and nine went to the Independents.

The saffron party won more Wards in Hoshiarpur as compared to its senior alliance party. BJP won 17 Wards and SAD got 10 Wards to make it a total of 27 wards. Congress won in 17 Wards and remaining six went to the Independents.

SAD-BJP failed to cross the half way mark at Mohali where it won in 23 Wards (SAD-16, BJP-7). Congress won in 14 Wards and remaining 12 went to Independents.

The SAD won 21 Wards and BJP won in 8 wards in Bathinda to make a total of 29. Congress won in 10 wards and remaining 11 went to Independents.

The ruling alliance won 32 Wards (SAD-24, BJP-8) in Moga where the Congress had its worst performance winning only in one Ward. Independents won 17 Wards.

In the by-election for two Wards in Patiala MC the SAD won both and in a by-election in one Ward at Jalandhar the Congress won.

Meanwhile, Badal thanked the people of state for reposing Meanwhile, Badal thanked the people of state for reposing faith in "progressive and result oriented" policies of the SAD-BJP alliance government by ensuring their thumping victory.

He said that with these results, the SAD-BJP government further dedicates itself to building a new Punjab, free from poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and social evils and put it on the high-growth trajectory.

He said that these results should not be merely construed as a victory in civic polls but it actually reflects the resentment amongst the voters against the malicious campaign unleashed by the Congress to defame the hard working and resilient Punjabis.

However, Congress leader Amarinder Singh alleged that the polls were "brutally manipulated" by the Akalis.

"Given the Akalis' way of misusing power and official machinery, the local bodies' elections as also the bypolls are mostly won by them whenever they are in power," he said.

Singh, at the same time, said that the results should sound a note of caution for the Congress as people had voted for independent candidates at a number of places where they could otherwise have voted for the party (Congress) against the Akalis or the BJP.

He added that the way a large number of independent candidates won in these elections is a clear signal that the Congress cannot afford any complacency in the hope that it can ride to power merely on anti-incumbency against the ruling alliance, but needs to work much harder from right now only.

Singh said that there was no doubt that people were very angry and unhappy with the ruling SAD-BJP alliance. "Despite the pressure from the ruling alliance people at several places did express their anger by voting against the alliance candidates," he said.

"But instead of voting for the Congress as the principal opposition party, they voted for the independents in a substantially large number of places," Singh pointed out,which he said should make the Congress party sit down and introspect as why it has not been able to capitalise on the
anti-incumbency against the Akalis.

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