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Haryana Municipal Election Results: BJP Gains Victory in Five Cities After Losses in Hindi Heartland

The five municipal corporations where polling was held were Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar, and the two municipal committees were Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal.

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Updated:December 19, 2018, 9:06 PM IST
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Haryana Municipal Election Results: BJP Gains Victory in Five Cities After Losses in Hindi Heartland
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Chandigarh: BJP on Wednesday swept the mayoral elections in Haryana with candidates from Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar registering victories in the elections held on Sunday, according to state election commission.

The five municipal corporations where polling was held were Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar, and the two municipal committees were Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal.

The BJP also bagged majority in Karnal, Panipat and Yamunanagar municipal corporations.

The elections, which were held on Sunday, saw a 69.39 per cent voter turnout and were held amid tight security arrangements.

Heavy polling was recorded in the two municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (89.5 per cent) and Pundri (82.1 per cent). In the municipal corporations, 62.7 per cent polling was registered in Hisar, 61.8 per cent in Karnal, 62 per cent in Panipat, 62.4 per cent in Rohtak and 65.2 per cent in Yamuna Nagar, State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said.

However, the poll percentage in these corporations dropped slightly in comparison with the elections held last time.

"The polling remained 100 per cent peaceful. No untoward incident was reported. There were no reports of any law and order issue or any incident pertaining to violation of Model Code of Conduct," Singh said. He said the poll percentage in these five municipal corporations in 2013 was 70 per cent.

Polling was held in all the 110 wards of the municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Yamuna Nagar, Panipat and Karnal and 25 wards of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal).

Singh apprised that 59 candidates, including 40 men and 19 women, contested the election to the seats of mayor, and 592 candidates (322 men and 270 women) contested the election to the municipal corporation. A total of 89 candidates (35 men and 54 women) contested the election to the municipal committees in Jakhal Mandi and Pundri, he said.

There was no report on any defective EVM. The election and police observers keep a strict vigil on the overall process of the elections, he said. Of the 14,01,454 electorate eligible to cast their vote using EVMs, 7,44,468 were men and 6,56,986 women.

Polling was held for 136 wards for the seats of mayor and members of municipal corporations and municipal committees, an official spokesperson of Haryana State Election Commission said earlier.

Ahead of the next year's Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, the civic polls are seen as a prestige issue for the ruling BJP.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had campaigned extensively for party nominees in these polls. Opposition INLD-BSP, too, had fielded its candidates in the polls. While the Congress chose not to use party symbol to contest the polls, it lend support to some Independents. In Karnal, Khattar's home constituency, INLD-BSP and the Congress had thrown their weight behind Independent candidate Asha Wadhwa.

In a first, the mayors of the five municipal corporations will be elected directly. Earlier, the councillors used to elect the mayor. In another significant move, the Haryana Election Commission had decided to treat 'none of the above' or NOTA option as a "fictional candidate" in the municipal polls, making it a must for winning candidates to secure more votes than those cast for NOTA. As many as 1,292 polling stations had been set up, out of which 304 are 'sensitive' and 166 'hyper-sensitive', the spokesperson said.

Haryana Director General of Police BS Sandhu had earlier said the entire police administration was fully geared up to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections. A total of 7,016 police personnel were deployed for polling duty, the State Election Commission spokesperson said.
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