The Congress party has swiped all the seven muncipal corporations in Punjab local body election held on February 14. The party has won Abohar, Bathinda, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Moga and Batla. Mohali’s results will be declared tomorrow. A total of 9,222 candidates were in the fray for the seven corporations and 109 municipal councils in the state. The Congress’ win can be seen as a huge setback for the BJP as it was seen as an urban voter base party.
The Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency is represented by Harsimrat Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which recently parted ways with long-time ally BJP following the Centre’s recently enacted three contentious farm laws that led to unrest among the state’s farmers.
Congress MLA and state finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, represents the Bathinda urban assembly seat. He is also a cousin of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The elections witnessed 71.39 per cent turnout amid a raging protest spearheaded by farmers of the state against three new central laws that they fear will leave them to the mercy of big corporates. The farmers of Punjab, Haryana and across the country have laid siege at the borders of Delhi, demanding the repeal of laws.
The Punjab State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday ordered re-polling in two booths of SAS Nagar municipal corporation after receiving reports of irregularities during polling on February 14. The poll panel has also ordered re-polling in another two booths of the Mohali municipal corporation between 8 am to 4 pm today.
Out of 9,222 candidates, independents form the biggest chunk with 2,832; the Congress has the largest number of contestants among the official parties at 2,037 The BJP, has fielded only 1,003 candidates in the elections. The party is contesting without its long time ally SAD this time. The SAD itself has 1,569 candidates.