The ruling Congress in Punjab on Wednesday registered a stunning victory in the state local body polls, winning seven out of eight municipal corporations for which results were declared on the day.
The Abohar Municipal Corporation was near-perfect for the Congress, with the party winning 49 out of 50 wards, with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) winning one.
The SAD is a former ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose government at the Centre passed three contentious farm laws last September.
Leading to protests by farmers belonging mostly to Punjab and the neighbouring state of Haryana. Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s party announced its split from the BJP in protest against the three laws.
The fight for the municipal corporation in Moga was a close one as the Congress won 20 wards against SAD’s 15.
With the remaining 15 split among the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the independents. Punjab’s ruling party also won 41 and 37 wards in Hoshiarpur and the BJP’s bastion of Pathankot respectively.
Meanwhile, in Bathinda, the Congress won 43 out of 50 wards, with the other seven going to the SAD.
The emerging scenario may perceived as a huge setback especially for the BJP since it seen as an urban voter base party .
And had been in alliance with the SAD until outraged farmers of the states.
Changed the dynamics over the past few months.
The municipal corporation results come as a huge boost for the Congress ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Punjab. The party has wholeheartedly backed the farmers’ agitation in Delhi against the central farm laws.
Voting for the seven municipal corporations along with 109 municipal councils.
And nagar panchayats took place on February 14, with over 71% voters casting their votes. More than 9,000 candidates were in the fray for the local body elections.