A week after disastrous debacle in the assembly elections of three Hindu states, BJP today swept all five municipal corporations in Haryana, securing Mayoral positions. Its mayoral candidates have swept elections that were held in five cities on Sunday, wish huge margins.
BJP candidates secured a landslide victory in all the five cities. BJP candidates swept the mayoral elections in Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s hometown of Karnal, Panipat, Yamunanagar and the Jat-dominated areas of Rohtak and Hisar by a handsome margin, indicating that there is no major discontentment with the saffron party in the state.
In Yamunanagar, Madan Singh’s margin of victory was over 40,000 votes. In Panipat, Avneet won by over 74,900 votes. The other winners are Renu Bala in Karnal, Gautam Sardana in Hisar, and Man Mohan in Rohtak.
In Karnal, Independent candidate Asha Wadhwa, who had the backing of the INLD, BSP and the Congress, lost to BJP’s Renu Bala by a margin of 9,348 votes.
In Panipat, BJP candidate Avneet thumped Congress-backed Independent candidate Anshu Pahwa by 74,940 votes — the biggest margin among the five corporations.
In Yamunanagar, which has the second highest number of Muslims in Haryana after Nuh district, BJP candidate Madan Singh won the mayoral seat by defeating Rakesh Kumar a margin of 40,000 votes.
in the Jat-dominated regions of Hisar, BJP’ Gautam Sardana won the seat by drubbing Congress-backed candidate Rekha by a margin of 28,000 votes. Rohtak too went to the BJP, where its candidate Man Mohan defeated Sita Ram by a margin of 14,000 votes.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of the BJP campaigned extensively for candidates, who contested the municipal corporation and committee elections. The Congress chose not to use its party symbol to contest, but lent support to some independents.