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Chandigarh, Feb 27: The result of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) election 2018 will be declared today. Counting of votes for the Ludhiana MC election result 2018 will begin at 9 am. Polling for Ludhiana MC election was held on February 24. The contest is between the ruling Congress party, the alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-Lok Insaf Party combine. Catch live updates on Ludhiana municipal corporation election result here.

A total number of 494 candidates contested election for 95 wards of Ludhiana municipal corporation. Stray incidents of violence marred the polling in 95 wards of the civic body, with opposition parties claiming that the ruling Congress indulged in “booth capturing” and “bogus voting”. A SAD-BJP delegation on Monday met Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and urged him to direct the state government to scrap the Ludhiana municipal corporation poll process and hold elections afresh.

The Congress, which is in power in Punjab since last year, refuted the charges, stating that the opposition parties have accepted defeat even before the results are declared. The Congress had earlier won municipal elections in the Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar corporations in December. The party had also tasted victory in 20 out of 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats. The Congress, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, wrested power from the SAD-BJP combine, winning 77 of the 117 seats in Assembly election held last year.