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BJP-JJP shaken in Haryana mayoral election, Congress gets a boost | India News

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NEW DELHI: The ruling BJP-Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) coalition in Haryana received a shake on Wednesday, as it could only win one of three mayor seats, for which elections were held on December 27. The results are of importance due to ongoing farmer protests against the three agricultural laws of the central government and several of the 41 farmers’ unions belong to the state.
As the BJP struggled to win in Panchkula, Congress and the Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) held mayoral positions in Sonipat and Ambala, respectively.
It was the first time that direct elections for the mayoral positions were held in the three cities.
The setback for the BJP in the mayoral elections comes shortly after the Baroda assembly vote where it suffered at the hands of Congress. BJP Olympic wrestler and Yogeshwar Dutt had lost the by-elections in Haryana’s Sonipat district to Indu Raj Narwal from Congress. It was Yogeshwar Dutt’s second consecutive loss after his loss to Congressional Krishan Hooda in the 2019 Assembly elections.
The choice was necessary after the death of Krishan Hooda after a prolonged illness in April. The BJP has never won this seat in the past.
The setback for the ruling coalition comes after the BJP swept through mayoral elections in five Haryana cities two years ago. In 2018, the party had won mayoral elections in Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar.
For the mayoral post in Ambala, HJCP’s Shakti Rani Sharma, wife of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, emerged as a surprise winner, defeating BJP’s Vandana Sharma by a margin of 8,084 votes.
The congressional candidate finished in fourth place, officials said.
The victory was a boost for the party led by Venod Sharma, which tasted its first victory after the 2014 Haryana assembly poll debacle.
Shakti Rani Sharma said her victory was due to the “love and support” of the people. When one’s intention is clear, people back it up, he said.
Kulbushan Goyal of the BJP will be the new mayor of Panchkula. He defeated Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia from Congress by 2,057 votes.
For the mayoral elections in Panchkula, 1,333 voters exercised the NOTE option.
Congress won the Sonipat mayoral elections. Nikhil Madaan of the party defeated Lalit Batra of BJP by 13,818 votes.
Elections were also held to elect councilors from all the districts in the three cities. Voting also took place to elect the president and members of the Rewari municipal council and the municipal committees of Sampla (Rohtak), Dharuhera (Rewari) and Ukalana (Hisar).
In Ambala MC’s polls, the BJP won eight of the 20 seats, HJCP 7, Congress 3, and Haryana Democratic Front 2.
In Sonipat, the BJP won 10 districts and Congress 9. In one seat, an Independiente was victorious.
In Panchkula, the BJP and Congress won nine and seven seats, respectively. The JJP won two.
The post of chairman of the Rewari municipal council was filled by Poonam Yadav of the BJP, who defeated independent candidate Upma Yadav by 2,087 votes. Congress slipped to third place here.
The combined BJP-JJP failed to fill chairman positions on three municipal committees in Dharuhera, Sampla and Uklana, where the independents made a profit.
Kanwar Singh won from Dharuhera, defeating another independent candidate, Deena Ram. At Sampla, Pooja defeated Sonu from BJP while Sushil Sahu Wala defeated Mahender Soni from JJP at Uklana.

Times of India

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