Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed his Congress’ spectacular victory in the municipal polls as not just a validation of his government’s development-oriented policies but also a total rejection of the “anti-people” actions of the major opposition parties — the SAD, the AAP and the BJP.
Congratulating state Congress President Sunil Jakhar, as well as all MLAs, members and workers of the party, for the sweeping victory in the civic polls, the results of which were declared on Wednesday, he said the people of the state had “clearly and unequivocally denounced the divisive, undemocratic, unconstitutional and regressive agendas” of the three parties.
In the final count, the Congress won 1,199 of the 1,815 wards in municipal councils and 281 of the 350 municipal corporation seats, with Shiromani Akali Dal trailing at 289 and 33, the Bharatiya Janata Party at 38 and 20, and the Aam Aadmi Party at 57 and nine, respectively, while the remaining went largely to independents and the BSP (K) and the CPI winning in 13 and 12 wards, respectively.
The swing in favour of the Congress in comparison with the 2015 municipal corporation elections in Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Moga and Pathankot districts is manifest in the fact that from 11 seats back then, the party’s tally has improved to a whopping 149 now.
Similarly, in the wards, from 356 in 2015, the Congress score now has gone up to 1,480.