It was a cakewalk for SAD-BJP combine in the local bodies elections in Talwandi Sabo, Baghapurana and Bariwala where it won convincingly; only in Bhikhi did the combine face a stiff opposition.
She didn't expect good news. Gurmeet Kaur, Congress candidate from Ward 14, was surprised to know she had won in spite of the party's boycott of the elections.
On May 28, after Sunil Kumar Jhakhar, leader of the opposition in the Punjab assembly, had charged the state's ruling combination of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party of political oppression, his party had retreated from combat here, as the candidates saw a threat to their lives.
Including Gurmeet Kaur, none of the Congress candidates for the 15 MC seats in the town showed any interest in the campaign. She won in spite of odds, putting it past BJP candidate Baljinder Kaur by 123 votes. Gurmeet Kaur earned 414 mandates.
"I did not contest the election. I also did not go out for the campaign," said the winner. "It is the love of the people that I have won. It's a huge responsibility, and I will not let them down. I will be a strong opposition in the MC house, and the voice of the entire Bhagapurana."
The rest of the 14 seats here went to the SAD-BJP alliance.
Congress managed to won only one seat out of the 13 of the Municipal Council Talwandi Sabo.
Congress candidate from the ward number 3 of Talwandi Sabo Gurpreet Singh will be the one man army of the opposition of the elected house.
Talwandi Sabo constituency is being represented by the congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu and he had managed a convincing victory in the recently held assembly elections despite the opposition from the Dera Sacha Suada.
The bye-election conducted for the ward no 13 of the Rama municipal council was also bagged by the BJP candidate Nirmla Rani.
Congress MLA from Muktsar Karan Kaur Brar failed to save a single MC seat for the party in the MC elections Bariwala. Party also lost bye-election conducted from the ward number 15 of Muktsar Municipal council.
Brar had approached deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to held the free and fair elections in the Muktsar and Bariwala but it did not help her to secure any seat.
In Bariwala, 5 SAD(B)-BJP candidates were elected unopposed and results were pending on rest of the 6 seats that were declared on Sunday evening.
At the end of the day, SAD-BJP won all the 11 seats of Bariwala municipal council and the of SDA(B) candidate Surinder Singh won the elections of the ward number 15 of Muktsar town by defeating Congress candidate by huge margin of 1331 votes.
Congress in Muktsar alleged use of muscles and money power by the Akalis to win the elections.