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It's A Clean Sweep For Congress In Punjab Civic Polls, SAD-BJP Claims Rigging

AASTHA SINGAL | 10
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| December 18 , 2017 , 12:28 IST

While other Indian states seem to be influenced by BJP's performance, Punjab is immune to the magic of central ruling party. Congress was able to continue its winning gallop post coming into power earlier this year in the civic elections of Jalandhar, Patiala and Amritsar as well.

The elections which took place on Sunday in 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats with 925 candidates contesting for the three municipal corporations were clean swept by Congress at late evening when the results were announced which led the ruling party to celebrate their victory.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh claimed the results were a "clear vindication of the Congress policies and a resounding defeat of the opposition's deceitful propaganda" while the opposition was seen crying foul by alleging the misuse of State machinery by the ruling party.

Claiming that Congress has resorted to large-scale rigging in Patiala, BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded to scrap the Patiala elections where the alliance failed to even open an account with Congress establishing clear victory on 59 out of 60 seats.

Congress claimed the clear majority by winning 66 of 80 wards in Jalandhar Municipal Corporation where BJP and alias had to settle for merely 12 seats. In Amritsar also Congress clinched 64 of 85 wards whereas the BJP claimed 6, the Shiromani Akali Dal 7 and Independents 8.

Following the result announcement, the CM issued a statement to congratulate his supporters, thanking them for, "for not succumbing to the pressure tactics of the Opposition, which had tried hard to derail the free and democratic poll process with its cheap gimmickry and provocative acts."

"The people had not forgotten what the Akalis had done for 10 years and had responded by voting them out of power in the Assembly elections and now handing them a crushing defeat in the local bodies' elections," the chief minister said.