Congress wins majority of seats in Punjab local bodies

The Congress today emerged as the clear winner in thePunjab Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls, winning the most number of seats against its rival SAD.  Counting of votes for the local polls took place after the state went to vote on September 19.

A total of 354 zila parishad and 2,900 panchayat samiti members are to be elected through these polls. There are 22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis in the state. 33 candidates were earlier elected unopposed to various zila parishads and 369 nominees were elected unopposed to the panchayat samitis.

There are a total of 1,27,87,395 registered voters in Punjab, comprising 60,99,053 women and 97 third-gender voters.

Earlier, Opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) accused the ruling party of electoral fraud. Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Muktsar claimed a large number of Congress workers, brandishing swords, were involved in booth capturing. He accused the police of being “mute spectator”.

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