Haryana Civic Body Polls: BJP cruises to comfortable victory, independents put on a good show
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scored an impressive victory in the polls of Haryana’s civic bodies by winning 22 seats for presidents in the elections for all 46 municipal committees and councils, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.
Also elected on Wednesday were 456 members of 18 councils and 432 members of 28 committees, most of whom did not challenge party symbols.
This was the first time that voters directly elected the presidents of civic bodies, unlike the previous practice where the elected members of these bodies elected the president(s) from among themselves. In the municipal elections held in mid-2019, the state government had introduced the direct election of the mayor.
Obviously, the independents stopped the victorious march of the BJP by winning 19 presidential positions. The BJP’s alliance partner, the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), stumbled and won three presidential positions while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the party that once ruled Haryana, managed to win a seat.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had raised the bogeyman of anti-incumbency, corruption and non-execution against the BJP-JJP coalition government led by Manohar Lal Khattar, won a single presidential post in Ismailabad Municipal Committee of Kurukshetra District. .
BJP candidates lost 11 of the 33 total seats the party contested over party symbols for the post of president, while the JJP suffered losses in five of the eight total seats.
The alliance partners did not contest the election of the president on party symbols in five civic bodies. And Congress, the main opposition party, stayed away from the polls of civic bodies and announced that it would support independent candidates.
“Our position on the polls of civic bodies was clear that the Congress will not challenge…Therefore, it is not about Congress losing and winning,” Haryana Congress Speaker Udai said. Bhan.
Chief Minister Khattar tweeted his congratulations to the BJP candidates who won and dedicated the party’s performance to the party workers, while MP CM Dushyant Chautala said the result was “positive”.
Khattar said the victory of the BJP-JJP candidates who won the seats of the presidents shows that the people are satisfied with the policies and programs of the state government.
According to political analysts, the BJP victory is a clear signal that the Saffron Party retains its grip in the urban belts — the party’s central support base in Haryana.
The BJP has been in power in Haryana since October 2014 and the current term of the BJP-JJP combination will end in October 2024.
“Voters generally support the ruling party in such elections. The fact that the BJP-JJP’s mandate is still more than two years away has definitely tipped the balance in favor of the ruling coalition,” said a political analyst, declining to be identified.
The poll result indicates that the BJP candidates vying for the post of chairman – councils and committees – recorded victories in the Congress assembly and independent MPs segments.
In addition, the BJP-JJP won the three presidential positions in the Muslim-majority Mewat district. The BJP won Ferozepur Jhirka and Puhana, while the JJP pocketed Nuh, the assembly segment also represented by Congress.
Of the total 12 committee chairman positions that the BJP won, at least six seats were won in the assembly segments of Congress deputies.
The JJP lost the chairmanships in Uchana, the constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, Tohana (represented by JJP Minister Devinder Babli), Barwala and Narwana, the segments of JJP MPs Jogi Ram Sihag and Ram Niwas . At the Narwana contest, JJP was relegated to sixth position. Candidate JJP also lost to Mandi Dabwali, a constituency represented by Amit Sihag of Congress.
Not only did the BJP suffer setbacks in Karnal, the territory of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, but the party’s candidates lost the presidential ballot in Ratia, Narnaul, Hodal, Bawal, Hansi and Bhiwani, all represented by MPs of the BJP.
The BJP also lost in Bawal and Narnaul assembly segments of BJP ministers Banwari Lal and Om Prakash Yadav, which could be a matter of concern for the party.
9,309 voters choose the NOTA option
Up to 9,309 votes in the Haryana civic body polls were cast in the “None of the above” (NOTA) category on June 19, according to figures assessed by HT on the website of the electoral commission.
In Palwal Town Council, a total of 853 voters voted for NOTA, followed by 599 in Jind, 598 in Bhiwani, 579 in Bahadurgarh and 521 in Narnaul.
While a total of 29 voters opted for NOTA in Nangal Chaudhary, which is the lowest in the state, Nissing followed with 30 votes, Sadhaura 44, Rajaund 46, Uchana 47 and Ferozepur Jhirka 48.
In Karnal Municipal Committee in Gharaunda, NOTA garnered 93 votes, which turned out to be a mess in the winning margin.
BJP’s Happy Gupta beat AAP’s Surinder Kumar by just 31 votes.