Chandigarh: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clean swept Haryana Municipal Elections 5-0 on Wednesday. The counting of votes for five municipal corporations in Haryana began in the morning. In the early trends, the saffron party was leading on mayoral seats in Karnal, Panipat, Yamunanagar, Rohtak and Hisar where the voting took place on December 16. Also Read - Muslim Man’s Hand Allegedly Chopped Off With Chainsaw After Attackers Spot '786' Tattooed on His Arm
The poll percentage varied between 60 to 65 per cent in the five municipal corporations. Yamunanagar recorded the maximum number of votes. Also Read - Haryana Migrant Worker's Daughter Living on the Footpath, Scores 80.4% In Class 10 Board Exams
In a first, the mayors of the five municipal corporations will be elected directly. Earlier, the councillors used to elect the mayor. Also Read - Earthquake Again in Rohtak: Tremors Felt at 9.11 PM, Third in Three Days
Ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, prestige is at stake for the ruling BJP, which is contesting the civic polls on party symbol. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has campaigned extensively for party nominees in these polls.
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Opposition INLD-BSP too has fielded its candidates in these polls. While the Congress has chosen not to use party symbol to contest the polls, it is lending support to some Independents who are in fray.
In Karnal, Khattar’s home constituency, increasing problems of saffron party candidate Renu Bala Gupta, opposition parties INLD-BSP and the Congress have joined hands throwing their weight behind Independent candidate Asha Wadhwa.
In another significant move, the Haryana Election Commission has decided to treat ‘none of the above’ or NOTA option as a “fictional candidate” in the municipal polls, making it a must for winning candidates to secure more votes than those cast for NOTA.