Cong wins 6 out of 7 local bodies in Punjab

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/18/2021 12:35:32 PM

CHANDIGARH, Feb 17: The Congress party won six out of seven municipal corporations in Punjab, officials said on Wednesday.
The party has reclaimed its hold on most of the districts of the state beating the BJP that is already facing a massive backlash over the Centre’s new agriculture legislations.
The Congress has won in Bathinda, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Pathankot, Batala and Abohar, officials said.
The result for the seventh corporation is expected later in the day. The counting of votes for yet another corporation will take place on Thursday.
The counting of votes for elections to 2,302 wards of eight municipal corporations and 109 municipal councils in the state began at 9 am on Wednesday.
Over 70 per cent voting was recorded in the civic body elections that were held on February 14.
A total of 9,222 candidates were in the fray, of which 2,832 were independents, 2,037 from the ruling Congress and 1,569 from the Shiromani Akali Dal. The BJP, AAP and the BSP had fielded 1,003, 1,606 and 160 candidates respectively.
The BJP and the Akali Dal, which walked out of the National Democratic Alliance last year over the farm laws issue, fought the elections separately.



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