Bathinda gets its first Congress Mayor in 53 years

The farmer protests around Delhi borders and other states are beginning to show their effect on the electoral grounds.

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In Punjab municipal elections, after 53 years, Congress has won a mayoral seat after 53 years in Bathinda.

The farmer protests around Delhi borders and other states are beginning to show their effect on the electoral grounds.

If municipal elections in Punjab are any indication, BJP should seriously reconsider taking back the farm laws. With Congress making a clean sweep in all districts and even newcomer AAP gaining is a foothold in the state.

The Congress has emerged victorious in the districts of Moga, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Pathankot, and Bathinda districts.

The protests against controversial agricultural laws have been going on in the Bathinda district since last October. There is still a protest near the toll plaza and train station. People from neighboring villages are protesting daily at railway stations in the districts of Ludhiana and Bathinda.

Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, tweeting about his victory for Congress in Bathinda, said, “Today is history. For the first time in 53 years, Bathinda will get the Congress mayor. Congratulations to the people of Bathinda who gave a wonderful victory. Congratulations to all the Congress candidates and activists who worked hard for this day. ”

Congress leader and Punjab state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal represents the Bathinda Nagar constituency. Manpreet Singh Badal is a cousin of Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal. He was expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal in October 2010 following differences about debt waiver offer from the Centre.

Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency is represented by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Harsimrat Badal. The Akali Dal has recently split with its long-time ally BJP following protests by state farmers over three controversial agricultural laws.

While Gaurilankeshnews.com team was touring Punjab in early February and had a chance to speak to some locals in Bhatinda Barnala and Ludhiana, almost unanimously people were against BJP and spoke of not voting BJP.

The BJP has suffered a major setback in the polls so far, with six of the 7 municipal corporations counting votes and the Congress leading in one municipal corporation.

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