Punjab panchayat election results: The Congress in Punjab swept the panchayat polls while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that polls were rigged. The voting was held on Sunday and counting was taken up soon after.
Punjab Panchayat polls: The Congress in Punjab swept the panchayat polls while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that polls were rigged. The voting was held on Sunday and counting was taken up soon after. The panchayat elections were held in 13,276 panchayats that saw a heavy turnout of 80%. Bathinda and Fazilka recorded 86% polling, Mohali 84%, Pathankot 82%, Patiala and Sangrur 81%, Moga 78%, Fatehgarh Sahib 77% and Muktsar 77%.
Minor clashes and incidents of firing and booth capturing were also reported at over a dozen places. Tension prevailed in some villages in Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and other districts. Incidents of firing between warring groups were also reported from some places.
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We congratulate the newly elected Panchayat Members & Sarpanch’s on their victory & wish them a successful term! We urge the Panchayat representatives to initiate transformative changes in villages & make a positive difference in society during their terms. #PunjabPanchayatPolls
— Punjab Congress (@INCPunjab) December 30, 2018
The SAD alleged complete hijacking of the panchayat elections by the Congress party. It said that this amounted to murder of democracy and lambasted the state Election Commission for failing to hold free and fair elections.
Punjab has a Congress government since March last year. Five-time Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, 91, cast his vote in his native Badal village in Muktsar district. His son Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law and Union minister Harsimrat Badal also cast their vote in the village.
According to the state Election Commission, over 1.27 crore voters were eligible to vote. The voting started at 8 am.at 17,268 polling booths and ended at 4 pm.
While there were 28,375 sarpanch (village headman) candidates in the fray for the 13,276 panchayats, 104,027 candidates contested for the posts of panch (village council member). 1,863 sarpanches were elected unopposed after the end of the withdrawal process of nomination papers, and 22,203 panches have also been elected unopposed.
Authorities in Punjab had received 210,494 nominations for the panchayat elections. Of these 48,111 nominations papers were filed for the post of sarpanch and 162,383 nominations papers filed for the post of panch. A total of 83,831 panches would be elected for 13,276 panchayats.