Congress sweeps MC elections amidst clashes and lathi Charge
Patiala(Jagdeep Chopra) – The Congress Party in the hometown of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday swept the MC elections, for which polling was conducted only today, by winning 59 out of 60 seats with a polling percentage of 66.22 amidst the reports of the clashes in which swords were used in ward number 14 and clashes in ward number’s 58, 52 and 20 followed by the lathi charge by the police.Though the opposition parties accused rigging of the polling booth by the Congress Party with the help of the police and the civil administration and announced to boycott the elections but of no use and the Congress party able to register a landslide victory in the royal city. The polling started at a brisk rate but picked up later but the sunny day provided the candidate’s full help as the voters came out in the afternoon. Whereas the last two hours saw a rush at the polling booths.According to the Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer (DEO), Kumar Amit as per the results so far announced for the 60 members house of MC with the poll percentage of 66.22 percent the Congress Party able to win 59 seats. He said that in the ward number 37 as at one of the polling booths EVM has developed some technical snag so it may go in for a re-poll. Whereas the Congress party’s three candidates have already won the elections unopposed in the ward number 41, 42 and 47.Whereas earlier in the day during the polling the ward number 14 witnessed a clash between the workers of the SAD and the Congress party as both party workers accused each other trying to rig the election and swords were used in the clash but the situation was handled by the police by open a mild lathi charge and the situation was put under control.But the SAD workers accused the police behaving in impartial manners and helping the Congress Party. In the clash a number of persons received injuries and they were taken to hospital for medical treatment. In the clash, the turban of the SAD candidate Jaspal Singh Bittu Chatha is reportedly also said to go off and triggered the situation as well but later it was handled with caution.Interestingly just a few days before the elections SAD candidate Jaspal Singh Bittu Chatha has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging threats from some police officials to withdraw from the contest and accepting his plea the court has directed the police and administration to make proper arrangements for the security and total videography of the polling as well the ward was put on the list of the most sensitive wards. But today everything goes off and it witnessed clash and rigging.Similarly in ward number 52 again there is a clash between the SAD and Congress Party workers before the Income-tax office near new Leela Bhawan and in this clash, the turban of EX Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj go off but due to the timely intervention of the police, it was put under control.Besides, in ward number 58 SAD candidate G. S. Dhillon also accused that the Congress party workers supported by the police uprooted his tents and torn off party flags and in a protest organized a protest dharna and later boycotted the election too. On the other hand, in ward number 20 again there is a clash as the BJP candidate accused the Congress party rigging the election with the support of the police.
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