Ludhiana: The Congress on Tuesday swept off the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation election results, winning 62 out of 95 wards. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine won a total of 22 wards while LIP-AAP alliance secured eight wards. Independent candidates won four wards.
The civic elections for Punjab's largest civic body – Ludhiana – is witnessed as a prestige battle for the contesting parties. These elections come two months after polls were held for Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar Municipal Corporations.
Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress, which is currently in power in Punjab since March 2017, also won Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar local body polls.
A total of nine counting centres with 108 tables were set up on counting day. A massive layer of security was deployed around these centres.
By 10 am, Congress party had surged in initial trends. A clear scene emerged by 11 am.
A total of 494 candidates are in the fray for the polls which were held on February 24. Over 59 per cent people voter turnout – including 57.66 per cent female turnout and 59.70 per cent male turnout – was recorded. The third gender turnout was recorded at 4.17 percent.
During the Ludhiana civic polls on Saturday, a scuffle broke out between SAD and Congress workers. This led to SAD-BJP calling for re-polls in all 95 wards.
The State Election Commission on Sunday ordered re-polling in two booths - booth 2 and 3 of Ward number 44 - for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections. A difference cropped up between the number of votes in the register and the voting machine.