Congress makes a clean sweep with victory in 62 wards, SAD-BJP 2nd
Ludhiana: The Congress on Tuesday swept off the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation election results, winning 62 out of 95 wards. The Shiromani Akali Dal -Bharatiya Janata Party combine won a total of 22 wards while LIP-AAP alliance secured eight wards. Independent candidates won four wards.
The civic elections for Punjab’s largest civic body – Ludhiana – is witnessed as a prestige battle for the contesting parties.
Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress, which is currently in power in Punjab since March 2017, also won Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar local body polls.
Over 59 per cent people voter turnout including 57.66 per cent female turnout and 59.70 per cent male turnout recorded. The third gender turnout was recorded at 4.17 percent.
During the Ludhiana civic polls on Saturday, a scuffle broke out between SAD and Congress workers. This led to SAD-BJP calling for re-polls in all 95 wards.
This time, the main fight was between the ruling Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance and the Aam Aadmi Party-Lok Insaf Party alliance. Civic issues like water supply, lack of cleanliness, pollution, bad roads and infrastructure and poor sewerage were the main issues for common people in the election.
The State Election Commission on Sunday ordered re-polling in two booths – booth 2 and 3 of Ward number 44 – for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections. A difference cropped up between the number of votes in the register and the voting machine.
A SAD-BJP delegation had on Monday met Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and urged him to direct the state government to scrap the Ludhiana municipal corporation poll process.
The delegation was led by senior SAD leaders Bikram Singh Majithia, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Dinesh Kumar and Rajinder Bhandari. They accused the Congress of resorting to unprecedented violence along with booth capturing
and rigging and alleged that its a murder of democracy.
The SAD-BJP delegation demanded that polling should held again.
And, they alleged that Congress leaders misused police personnel deployed there indulged in booth capturing and bogus voting as well as intimidating SAD-BJP workers.
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