December 18, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The ruling Punjab Congress on Sunday swept the Municipal Corporation elections in Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar cities of the state. Voting was mostly peaceful, but was reportedly marred by several incidents of violence that led to police lathicharge in many wards of Patiala.
Voting percentage of 62.22% for Patiala which is home turf of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, 58% for Jalandhar and 52% for the city of Amritsar was recorded respectively.
Congress won in 20 out of 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats. No elections were held for three municipal councils or nagar panchayats which elected their councillors unopposed. While interacting with the media an official spokesperson said out of total 414 wards the Congress has won in 267, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in 37, BJP in 15, AAP in 1 and independents in 94 wards.
In Jalandhar Congress party won 65 of 80 wards in the municipal corporation and SAD (Badal)-BJP combine was reduced to 13 wards. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) cut a sorry figure with no wins, but Independents won in 2 wards.
Whereas in Amritsar Congress won with 64 wards in the 85-ward municipal corporation. The SAD (Badal)-BJP combine trailed far behind with 13 wards and others managed to win in eight wards.
In Patiala it was Congress getting 59 wards out of 60 into its kitty. The state election commission ordered re-poll in Patiala MC’s Booth No. 3 of Ward No. 37 after receiving a complaint from the returning officer and election observer about an electronic voting machine (EVM) being damaged, media reports said.
Meanwhile, SAD (Badal) chief Sukhbir Badal after becoming aware of the election results stated that “his party would approach the Punjab and Haryana high court and demand a CBI probe. The party also demanded immediate dismissal of state election commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu for lowering the dignity of high office, reports The Times Of India (ToI).
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