Chandigarh: Counting of votes for the civic body polls in Punjab’s Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, also known as Mohali is underway today. Counting for all other Municipal Corporations except Mohali took place on Wednesday where the ruling Congress won six municipal corporations and emerged as the largest party in the seventh, sweeping the urban body polls in Punjab on Wednesday. Counting of Mohali Municipal Corporations was delayed due to the repolling at two polling booths. India.Com will bring you the latest from Mohali Municipal Election Result in this LIVE Blog. Also Read - Delhi CM Kejriwal Still Has Full Z Plus Security Cover: Centre on AAP's Claim
11.45 AM: There are total of 50 wards in Mohali Municipal Corporation. Congress has so far sealed win in 13 wards, AAP alliance in 7. BJP, SAD yet to open their account. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Retirement Age of Govt Employees of THIS State Increased | Check Who Will be Benefitted
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11.30 AM: Mohali Municipal Election Result: Congress has so far won 13 Wards while AAP Alliance is leading in 11. BJP and SAD are yet to open their account. If the trend of counting continues, Congress is heading towards another massive win.
Earlier, Congress won Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Batala and Pathankot corporations in the civic polls on February 7, held against the backdrop of the farmers' agitation over the new agri-marketing laws.
In Moga, the party needed victories in six more wards to control the municipal corporation. The Congress also won a majority of the 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats, officials said, adding the details would be known later.
Mohali too went to the polls but the counting there will take place Thursday, delayed because of a repoll at two booths.
The outcome comes as a boost to the Congress, which has been backing the protest by farmers’ a majority of them from Punjab and Haryana against the BJP-led government. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said people have rejected the negative politics of parties like the BJP, SAD and AAP.
Celebrations erupted in the Congress camp with party workers distributing sweets at many places. The party celebrated the victory in Bathinda, which is Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s constituency. The Congress won 43 wards there and the SAD just seven.
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said Bathinda will now get its first Congress mayor in 53 years.
In Moga, the only corporation among the seven to not deliver a clear verdict, the Congress won 20 of the 50 municipal wards. The SAD got 15, the Aam Aadmi Party 4, the Bharatiya Janata Party 1 and independents 10.
Earlier, the municipal corporations of Moga, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda and Pathankot were run by the SAD-BJP combine, when the two parties were allies and in power in the state. The elections to municipal corporations of Abohar, Batala and Kapurthala were held for the first time.
The Punjab election campaign was marred by stray clashes between rival party workers with opposition leaders alleging at some places that their candidates were being stopped from filing nomination papers.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal thanked party workers who he said emerged as the “only challengers” to the ?corrupt and incompetent Congress?.
Our workers battled unprecedented repression, money bags & govt machinery & yet emerged as a force to reckon with. Writing on the wall: 2022 elections on – Congress gone,? he tweeted.
AAP leader Harpal Singh Cheema said his party contested the civic polls in the state for the first time and would analyse its performance.
The Congress won most of the municipalities by a big margin.
The party won 49 wards in Abohar, leaving just one for the Akali Dal. It bagged 41 wards in Hoshiarpur, letting the BJP, the AAP and independents split the difference.
In Kapurthala, the Congress won 45 of the 50 wards and the Akalis got three. In Pathankot and Batala, it won 36 of the 50 wards in each corporation.
Altogether, 9,222 candidates contested the polls to the eight municipal corporations and 109 municipal councils.
The Congress fielded 2,037 candidates, the SAD 1,569, the BJP 1,003, the AAP 1,606 and the BSP 160. As many as 2,832 were independents. The voter turnout was over 70 per cent.
The elections, originally scheduled last year, were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inputs from PTI