Results today; SAD,Congress hopeful of good performance

Rural polls: Counting from 8 am for 25 Zila Parishad and 226 Block Samiti seats.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: May 21, 2013 3:13 am

All eyes are now set on the poll results of 25 Zila Parishad and 226 Block Samiti seats which will be declared on Tuesday. Counting will begin at 12 centres from 8 am onwards.

While District Congress Committee (Rural) president Malkiat Singh Dakha is hopeful of a better performance this time,SAD (Rural) president Santa Singh Umedpuri said that apart from the seats,even victory margins would also increase this time.

Dakha said,“In the last term,we could not grab even a single seat out of 25 Zila Parishad seats. But this time,we are sure of putting up a good performance. We gave a good fight to the candidates in Dakha,Gill and Samrala constituencies. So we are hopeful of good results.”

However,Manpreet Singh Ayali,Dakha MLA and chairman of Zila Parishad,said,“It is a one-sided affair and the results are already known. No booths of Congress were set up in our area. This shows their work in the field.”

Umedpuri said,“Last time,all the 12 chairmen of Block Samitis were of SAD and the same will happen even this time as well. Our victory margins will increase for sure.”

Talking about the allegations of violence by the Congress,Umedpuri said,“There were few incidents of violence,but the party had no role in this. Rather,the old groups of villagers settled scores against each other during election time and gave it a political colour. However,by and large,no major incident happened,and tomorrow’s results will show Congress their worth in the rural areas.”

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh has imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the district in view of the declaration of results. No one will be allowed to carry their licensed weapon.

Apart from this,Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said all arrangements were in order for the counting. A total of 25 zones were for Zila Parishad polls for which 50 candidates were contesting,of whom eight were women. And for the 226 Block Samiti zones,444 candidates were in the fray out of which 136 were women. Of the total 10.64% voters,nearly 63% cast their votes.

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