Gurgaon civic body polls results: BJP leaders have exuded confidence that it will secure the 19 seats required for forming the board in the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). BJP had managed to win 14 seats fielding candidates in all 35 wards. 20 independent candidates and Indian National Lok Dal candiate have won during the elections held on September 24.
BJP Haryana spokesperson Raman Malik had claimed that several independent candidates who won were those aspiring for a BJP ticket. “Since the party could field only 35 candidates, they were unable to secure a ticket and had to contest as independents,” Malik said. Confirming this, BJP leader G L Sharma — who was also part of the party’s MCG election committee — said they are confident of winning the support of at least some independent candidates. “Among the winners, 14 candidates had initially approached us for tickets. They believe in our party and its core values but could not get a ticket,” Sharma said. “However, if they still have faith in us, we will definitely take them back into our fold. Thirteen or fourteen of them have already approached us… We are quite confident we will secure the 19 seats required to dominate the civic body,” he added.
Soon after the result was declared, Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said that several independent candidates who have won would support the BJP, according to PTI report. The mayor would be from the BJP, he said. State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, however, claimed that the results signified a rejection of both the BJP and the INLD. “The result are a clear indication that if the Congress had contested on its symbol, the party would have won 25-30 seats and would have got the mayor’s post as well,” Tanwar claimed. Of the independents who won, three were supported by the Congress while two were backed by the INLD. Of the 15 women candidates who were elected, 10 were independents, while five were from the BJP. This is for the first time that so many women have emerged in Gurgaon civic body polls, officials said.
During the polling on September 24, there were reports of minor skirmishes, the police said adding that two persons were arrested on charges of attempting to vote on fake voter IDs, PTI had reported. Like the previous elections in 2011, polling in urban areas was less as compared to the rural parts. The highest voter turnout was at the Kherki Daula senior secondary school where 681 out of 796 voters cast their votes. There are a total 5,58,884 voters in Gurgaon out of which 2,76,420 cast their votes at 546 polling booths. Among the victorious candidates were Mithlesh Barwal (Ind) from ward 1, Shakuntala Devi (BJP) from ward 2, Ravinder Yadav (BJP) from ward 3, Birendra (INLD) from ward 4, Dimple Yadav (BJP) from ward 5, Naresh Sherawat (Ind) from ward 6, Madhu Azad (BJP) from ward 7, Dinesh Saini (Ind) from ward 8, Pramila Kablan (Ind) from ward 9, Hemant Kumar Sain (Ind) from ward 28. Among others, Sunita Yadav (Ind) won from ward 22, Seema Pahuja (Ind) from ward 15. while Naveen Dhaiya (Ind) won from ward 12.