Having shared 50% seats with the Congress in Ludhiana urban constituencies, the SAD-BJP has managed to outwit the Congress in the MC elections held on Sunday.
The SAD bagged 27 seats, BJP 12, followed by the Congress that took 19 seats. At the same time, independent candidates made a mark by attaining 17 seats.
The SAD has improved by three seats as compared to the last MC elections held in 2007, wherein the party managed to win on 24 seats. On the other hand, having lost all three seats in the recently held assembly elections in Ludhiana, the BJP has won on 12 seats as compared to its score of 14 in the last MC polls.
Interesting fact being that the Congress despite having faired badly in the 2012 assembly elections has managed to improve with two seats in the MC elections as compared to the previous count.
In 2007, the Congress had secured 17 seats. Though the count of seats increased to 19 this time, it failed to leave a mark in the MC elections as well.
As compared to its performance in the MC elections in 2007 wherein the BJP bagged 14 seats, it faired badly on Sunday, as it could not bag more than 12 seats.
Though the SAD-BJP has come back in majority, the plans of having Harish Rai Dhanda as the mayoral candidate have imbalanced the applecart as he has ended up losing his seat.
Senior Akali leaders have referred to Pal Singh Grewal, winner from ward number 10, and Hakam Singh Giaspura, winner from ward number 72, (who was the mayor in the last term), as the other two alternatives for the post of the mayor.
However, the political gurus looking at the chain of events have termed the MC elections to be a "mere gimmick". It should have been a free and fair show as the SAD- BJP was already in power and the coalition should have lived up to its promise of providing "Raaj nahin sewa".