Amid large-scale farmers’ protests in Punjab and the country, Congress wins big in Punjab’s municipal polls. The ruling Congress has won Abohar, Bathinda, Kapurthala, and Hoshiarpur seats. The results of the elections to Moga, Batala, Pathankot, and Mohali are awaited.
The election results are important as it comes amid intense farmers’ protests in punjab and across the country. Over 70 percent of the electorate turned up to vote on February 14.
Polling on 117 civic bodies in Punjab happened on 14th February after polls out of these eight were municipal corporations and 109 were municipal councils seats.
The municipal elections were seen as a big test for all political parties in Punjab. Punjab is seeing farmers’ protests for the last 5 months. For congress, it was a time to prove the abilities of CM Captain Amrinder Singh. BJP had to face the electorate without the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) after two decades of the alliance.
Akali Dal severed ties with BJP over the farm bills. On 17th September, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union Cabinet calling the two agriculture marketing reform Bills passed by the Lok Sabha as “anti-farmer” legislations.
Her party is one of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) oldest allies, and Ms. Badal was its sole representative in the Modi government.
This election is being said to be the barometer for the upcoming assembly election. A total of 9,222 candidates contested the election.