BJP sweeps Chandigarh civic polls, leads in 20 seats

This win comes as a big boost for the ruling duo, which is batting an anti-incumbency factor in the assembly elections after having ruled for 10 straight years.

BJP sweeps Chandigarh civic polls, leads in 20 seats

Amid the demonetisation chaos, Punjab's ruling BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have combined to score a landslide win in municipal election in capital Chandigarh.

BJP won in 20 wards, rival Congress 4 and Independent one, an election office spokesman said in Chandigarh.

In the outgoing house, the BJP-Akali Dal hold 12 seats, the Congress 11 and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) two.

This win comes as a big boost for the ruling duo, which is batting an anti-incumbency factor in the assembly elections after having ruled for 10 straight years.


“We thank the people of Chandigarh for the mandate. We implemented Modi Ji’s schemes at ground level and result shows it,” said Kirron Kher, BJP.







This year the duo have not only their old rival Congress as compettition, but also Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is hoping to replicate in Punjab its stupendous success in the Delhi elections last year.

The BJP, which has launched massive celebrations in Chandigarh even as results roll in, will especially see in its victory another thumbs up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ban on 500 and 1,000-rupee notes aimed at eliminating corruption and black or undeclared money.

The opposition had been united to stand against PM Modi's demonetisation decision, which led to winter session of Parliament being a complete wash out.

However, BJP has been adamant saying that people support the move against corruption despite the hardships they have had to face as they recognise that it is "short-term" inconvenience for "long-term gain."

The BJP recently made significant gains in civic elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat and credited those successes to the PM Modi's battle against corruption with the notes ban.

In the Chandigarh civic elections, total 122 candidates, including 67 Independents, contested the polls.

On Monday, around 51 percent voters exercised their franchise for 26 wards of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The total number of voters recorded were 5,07,627, including 2,37,374 female voters. 800 EVMs were used at 445 polling booths and over 4000 cops were deployed for smooth conduct of polling process.