The results of the Municipal Election will be declared today in Punjab amidst the Farmers’ Protest. Counting is going on in 2,302 wards of eight municipal corporations and 109 city council-nagar panchayats in the state. Repoling was ordered at two polling stations in SAS Nagar and three polling stations of Patran and Samana municipal councils in Patiala.
These elections are seen as an acid test for all the four main political parties like the state’s ruling Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
These are the first grassroots elections after protests by farmers against the new agricultural laws for more than 80 days. These civic elections have been regarded as a “referendum” on agricultural laws for political parties, including the ruling Congress and the BJP’s former ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The repolling in SAS Nagar is different from the three polling booths of Patran and Samana municipal councils in Patiala, where repolling is being conducted on Tuesday after reports of EVMs being damaged by some miscreants on 14 February.
However, in the results so far, the Congress has won an edge by winning several seats. The result of all 31 seats of Rajpura MC of Patiala has been declared, in which Congress has got 27 seats, BJP 2, SAD 1 and AAP 1. Similarly, Congress has won from Ward 1 to 13 in Ferozepur. Bathinda is going to become the Mayor of Congress for the first time in MC.
In Moga, Congress has won 20 wards, SAD 15, BJP 1, AAP 4 and Independents 10 wards. Congress won 49 of the 50 wards in Abohar. In Amritsar district, Congress won over Reya, Jandiala, Ajnala, Ramdas, while SAD won in Majitha. Congress candidate Gagandeep Singh Sehra won 130 seats on the bypass of ward number 37 of Municipal Corporation Amritsar.