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Panchayat polls: BJP gets a jolt in Haryana, fails to open account in Sirsa, Panchkula

The elections had taken place in three phases for 411 zila parishad wards in Haryana’s 22 districts recently.

Om Prakash Chautala with grandson Karan Chautala. (Photo: Karan Chautala/ Twitter)

Just days after the Adampur bypoll where the BJP had won the election, the result of panchayat polls for zila parishads declared on Sunday is not a good news for the ruling saffron party in Haryana with the party winning just 22 seats out of 102 wards it contested on party symbol.

The elections had taken place in three phases for 411 zila parishad wards in Haryana’s 22 districts recently. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of Om Prakash Chautala did very well in Sirsa, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) too has registered an impressive presence in the zila parishad polls. Principal Opposition Congress and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) of Dushyant Chautala did not contest on party symbol.

The BJP has lost all 10 seats in Panchkula, while it could not perform well in Ambala too where only two of its candidates could secure a win. It has remained behind AAP in Sirsa and Ambala. Kurukshetra BJP MP Nayab Singh Saini’s wife Suman Saini too lost in ward-4 of Ambala zila parishad, as an independent candidate Rajesh Devi defeated her by a margin of 236 votes. A BJP leader said: “We will undertake an assessment as to why it happened. I believe we need to do more work on the ground.”

BJP leaders also claim that as many as 151 of the winning independent candidates were backed by the saffron party leaders.

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Haryana BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar claimed that BJP or its supported candidates have won at maximum places.

However, the results have encouraged AAP which has claimed 15 zila parishad wards in the state. In Sirsa district, INLD has emerged as the single largest party by winning 10 out of total 24 seats in zila parishad. From ward-6 of Sirsa, Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson Karan Chautala defeated Rajkumar Nain, backed by Haryana Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, by 699 votes. Congress-supported independent candidate Dalip Chhapola secured the third spot. The INLD contested 74 seats in total and sources said it won five seats in other districts too.

With six zila parishad seats, AAP has emerged as the second largest party in Sirsa, which has been a traditional stronghold of Chautalas. BJP could not open its account in Sirsa where it had fielded 10 candidates. In Ambala too, AAP has won three seats which are more than BJP. The AAP had contested over 100 seats on its symbol.


In Yamunanagar’s 18 seats, BJP has secured six seats, while BSP candidates won from four wards. AAP and INLD secured one ward each. Sources say four Congress-backed candidates too won the poll battle, leaving two for independents. BJP has won four out of Gurgaon’s 10 wards, leaving six seats for independents and others. Out of 25 wards of Nuh, BJP has won seven seats, while the rest were won by the independents.

In Ambala’s 15 seats of zila parishad members, BSP won two, while independent candidates secured eight seats. In Kurukshetra, BJP has won three, while AAP candidate bagged one seat. Out of 17 seats of Kurukshetra zila parishad, 13 were won by independents. From ward-1, JJP Shahabad MLA Ram Karan Kala’s son won the poll battle.

Meanwhile, JJP Bhiwani district president Vijay Gothra’s wife Santosh Sheoran lost to BJP-supported Sunita. In the polls for village sarpanch, JJP state president Nishan Singh’s son and JJP minister Anoop Dhanak’s aunt lost poll battles in their native villages.


Meanwhile, gangster and history-sheeter Rajesh alias Sarkari’s wife Manju won from Rohtak ward number 5. She defeated JJP women district president Meena Makdauli and BJP leader Dharampal Makdauli’s wife Aruna Chaudhary.

The polls for panch, sarpanch and block samiti members were not contested on party symbols. The last and third phase of panchayat polls had taken place on November 22 and November 25.

First published on: 27-11-2022 at 15:46 IST
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