Punjab civic polls: Congress celebrates sweeping victory, SAD-BJP allege poll rigging

Punjab civic polls: Congress celebrates sweeping victory, SAD-BJP allege poll rigging

Congress claimed a sweeping victory in the Punjab civic polls on Sunday, clinching a majority of seats in the Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala municipal corporations.

For the three municipal corporations, Patiala registered the highest poll percentage of over 62.22 per cent followed by Jalandhar at 57.2 and Amritsar at 51 per cent while the voting percentage in the 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats ranged between 60-86 per cent. It indeed took Congress 69 seats of the total 85, Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance managed on 12 and others had to make do with Others 4.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has commented on the victory and said that he is very glad about the victory in his state, and that he's also proud that Congress has inarguably swept the elections very easily. Stay with us for Live updates on Amritsar Municipal Corporation Election results. You can't get a better result than this.

Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu termed this the first victory of Rahul Gandhi as party president and third under Captain Amarinder Singh.

Meanwhile, SAD leader Sukhbir Badal alleged that booths were captured and their candidates were not allowed to file nominations. He said: "It was organised booth capturing". We told Election Commission that they are not letting our candidates file nominations. Badal said that he will approach the high court demanding a countermand of the Patiala corporation elections. A SAD-BJP delegation submitted a memorandum to State Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu here and also sat on a dharna outside his office.

The Congress won 58 wards in the Patiala municipal corporation, while the opposition failed to open its account. Candidates in 90 wards have won unopposed, the spokesman said.

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Earlier in the day, Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar issued a statement towards the end of polling thanking the people and party workers for ensuring smooth and impressive turnout in the Municipal Council and Municipal Committee elections.

In Amritsar, 154 polling stations out of the total 366 were declared sensitive while 136 have been declared hyper sensitive.

The civic polls were held nine months after the assembly elections after which the Congress had wrested power from SAD-BJP combine in the state. The AAP, contesting Amritsar MC polls for the first time, has fielded 65 candidates. Indeed, even if it wasn't a legislative elections poll, Congress win in the Municipal Elections at least show that people have not left the side of the party and still support it.

The Election Commission had even ordered videography of 103 hypersensitive wards. The ruling Congress party, the SAD-BJP and the AAP are contesting the polls on their party symbols.

"Sampla is clearly sleeping while the state government is busy implementing (its) decisions".

"Had the SAD-BJP government undertaken less than 10 per cent of what the Congress government has done, it would have been a different story altogether", the chief minister said.

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