Punjab civic polls 2017 highlights: Navjot Singh Sidhu says this is Rahul Gandhi's first victory as party president and third victory under Captain Amarinder Singh.
Punjab civic polls 2017 highlights: Punjab civic polls to elect representatives to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Punjab took place today. The voting for civic elections 2017 took place on Electronic Voting Machines counting of votes are taking place after the polling is over. The ground for a three-way battle is set between Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party. Elections took take place for 3 Municipal Corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala and 32 Nagar Councils/Nagar Panchayats. The voting took place place from 8 AM till 4 PM following which the counting has begin. A total of 873 polling stations in the state with 1,938 polling booths. A total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel are on duty at these polling stations.
Track Live Updates for Punjab civic polls 2017 highlights:
10:25 pm: Polling was held for 222 wards out of the 225 wards of the three municipal corporations and 327 wards of the 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats.
10:10 pm: The civic polls in the state were held nine months after the state assembly elections after which the Congress stormed to power in the state.
9:55 pm: Earlier in the day, a total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel were deployed at the polling stations. The Election Commission had ordered videography of 103 hyper-sensitive wards.
9:45 pm: Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar thanked the people and party workers for ensuring smooth and impressive turnout in the polls, “despite the efforts by the Akalis to scuttle the poll process through threats, violence and rumour mongering in some areas.”
9:30 pm: Captain Amarinder had earlier cited reports of Akali workers allegedly threatening voters to stay at home and not cast their votes.
9: 20 pm: Congress has won all 13 wards of Mullanpur-Dakha Municipal Council.
9:05 pm: In Amritsar, Congress has won 69, SAD-BJP 12, Others 4 out of 80 seats.
8:45 pm: “Our candidates & polling agents were thrown out of booths, media persons were beaten & booth was captured at every place. For the 1st time, state EC & govt became one & captured EVMs. We are going to High Court against this criminal conspiracy,” he added as per agency.
8:30 pm: “It was organised booth capturing. We told EC that they are not letting our candidates file nominations. 20% candidates weren’t able to file nominations, some nominations were rejected & some candidates were arrested but state EC did nothing,” Sukhbir Badal, SAD was quoted as saying by ANI.
8:15 pm: Congress won 66 wards in Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, BJP 8, SAD 4, Independent 2; also bagged 56 out of 60 in Patiala, four results are awaited. Congress wins in 69 out of 85 wards, BJP 6, SAD 6, Independent 4 in Amritsar Municipal Corporation Election.
8:01 pm: Independent candidates have won all 15 seats in Nawanshahr’s Balachaur .
7:47 pm: In Patiala, out of 60 seats, 56 results are declared, won those 56. Similarly in Jalandhar, out of 80, 77 are declared and 63 we have won. In Amritsar, out of 85, 61 have been declared, 45 we have won: Amarinder Singh told the agency further.
7:40 pm: “In the municipal committees, out of 32, we have won 31. This is vindication of our policies, programmes: Amarinder Singh,Punjab CM on civic polls in the state”, ANI quoted him as saying further.
7:25 PM: “Election results have been very good, we are very pleased. You can’t get a better result than this. Out of three corporations, we have swept polls and won all of them” Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
7:07 pm: With Congress looking for clean sweep, Navjot Singh Sidhu says this is Rahul Gandhi’s first victory as party president and third victory under Captain Amarinder Singh.
#PunjabCivicPolls Congress workers celebrate as the party leads in Amritsar Municipal Corporation election, Navjot Singh Sidhu says “this is the first victory that Rahul Gandhi has tasted as Congress President, third victory in our Captain’s turban” pic.twitter.com/fHEBKF2WXd
— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2017
6:56 pm: Thanking party worker, he also said that the Congress government in the state ensured that the situation remained under control .
6:45 pm: “Akalis tried their best to scare the voters away from the booths, especially in areas where the Congress has a strong hold, but failed to intimidate them,” said Sunil Jakhar, in a statement issued here towards the end of polling.
6:33 pm: Police have detained workers of AAP for holding protest over alleged rigging.
6:23 pm: SAD has demanded cancellation of polls due to violence that took place in Patiala today.
6:15 pm: Congress party, which is in power in the state is emerging victorious and going towards clean sweep in all the three Municipal Corporations – Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala
6:11 pm: Nine months after the assembly elections were held in the state, civil polls were earlier held in Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar today.
6:01 pm: From Amritsar, Congress has won 20 wards till now, BJP and others following with 4 and 2 respectively.
5:50 pm: Congress wins Dharamkot Nagar Panchayat in Moga. It has won 11 seats from here.
5:42 pm: As many as 32 of the 80 seats for Jalandhar Municipal Corporation has been announced. Congress has still now won 32, while BJP 8
5:25 pm: From Bilga Nagar Panchayat in Jalandhar, Congress has won 8 seats, SAD 3, Others 2.
5:18 pm: The Congress has won all seats in Amritsar’s Rajasansi Nagar Panchayat, winning all 13 seats.
5:10 pm: Nagar Council/Nagar Panchayat Elections for Jalandhar so far: Congress 10, BJP 1, SAD – 1, IND – 1
5:01 pm: As per report, Congress has won Goraya Nagar Panchayat in Jalandhar. The party has won 12 out of 13 seats
4:45 pm: Voting has ended in places that had gone to voting today.
4:30 pm: As many as 925 candidates were in fray for the elections to the three municipal corporations in the state.
12:00 pm: Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their votes at Ward No 9’s polling station 5 in Amritsar
9:58 am: Watch Video: Preparations underway for civic polls
9:43 am: The Congress won 77 out of 117 seats in the assembly. The AAP finished second with 20 seats.
9:24 am: This is the first big election in the state after the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, came to power after assembly poll results in March.
9:15 am: In Jalandhar, 305 candidates are in the fray from 80 wards. The number of voters there is 560,261. In Patiala, election will be held in 57 wards in which 260,664 voters can exercise their franchise.
9:03 am: A total of 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of Amritsar where 769,153 voters will exercise their franchise.
9:02 am: The election for the municipal corporation of Punjab’s largest city, Ludhiana, was not being held as the electoral rolls were not updated.
9:00 am: Local issues of towns and cities and the respective wards dominated the campaigning for the municipal elections.
8:47 am: The voting will conclude at 4 pm, following which the counting for the same will begin.
8:40 am: Watch Video: AAP To Contest Punjab Municipal Polls, Announces 29 Candidates
8:35 am: State Election Commissioner, Punjab, Jagpal Singh Sandhu said that the expenditure limit for a candidate contesting from a ward of the corporations has been fixed at Rs 2,50,000 lakh, India.com reports.
8:19 am: Voting for Civic Polls begins in Punjab, visuals from Amritsar. Polls beings held in 3 municipal corporation – Amritsar, Jalandhar & Patiala and 32 municipal councils & Nagar Panchayats in the state.
8:10 am: ”Our candidate Gurmit Kaur from ward number 59 has been detained by the Civil Line police in Patiala in some old case,” Daljit Singh Cheema said.
8:00 am: As many as 925 candidates for the elections to the three municipal corporations (MC)-Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar are in the fray.
7:59 am: According to the spokesman of state election commission said that election commission has ordered videography in all the polling stations which have been declared very sensitive.
7:53 am: In a statement , SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema alleged that 15 party leaders in Khemkaran have been summoned by the Patti sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to report at 9.00 am today even though it is a Sunday as well as the polling day.
7:47 am: A day before the elections to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Punjab, opposition Shiromani Akali Dal accused the Congress government in the state of harassing SAD-BJP candidates.
7:30 am: The State Election Commission has set up 3200 polling stations across the state: 756 polling stations in Amritsar Municipal Corporation, 563 in Jalandhar and 254 in Patiala.