December 21, 2011 3:29:56 am
With no party getting a clear majority in the Municipal Corporation elections and candidates coming out winners but by reduced margins,neither the Congress nor the BJP can be confident of having put up a good show.
In some areas,the Congress heavyweights who had been winning by a comfortable margin from their wards over the past two elections,were defeated by relative newcomers. Congress candidate Devinder Singh Babla from ward 18 had won the last election by a margin of 3,758 votesthe highest victory marginbut lost this time to BJP candidate Satinder Singh by 919 votes. Congress councillor from ward 2 Anu Chatrath,who had retained the ward for a decade,lost to BJP candidate Saurabh Joshi by 792 votes.
Congress leader Subhash Chawla said a combination of factors workedissues like inflation,corruption and candidates personalities.
Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain said the verdict is manifestation of the frustration that people have with working of the Congress. The seat tally of the BJP-SAD alliance increased,while Congress reduced.
The BJP lost in the wards where the candidates were replaced in the second list. These include ward 25 where sitting BJP councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala rebelled and contested as an Independent. He won by 2,179 votes. Similar stories unfolded in wards 11 and 20.
In ward 5 where Subhash Chawla won,the victory margin during the last election was 3,313 votes,which was reduced to 1,671. In ward 6 too,where Sat Prakash Aggarwal won the seat this time,the victory margin reduced from 1,120 votes to 315 votes. In ward 9,SAD candidate Inderjeet Kaur lost to Congress candidate Gurbax Rawat by 148 votes. During the last elections,Congress candidate J S Kang defeated SAD candidate by 2,735 votes.
The situation is same with the BJP. The victory margins in wards that have been retained by the party have decreased. In ward 16 comprising Sectors 20 and 33 where Rajesh Gupta was the sitting councillor he defeated Congress candidate H S Lucky by a margin of 193 votes. During the last election,the margin was 381 votes. In ward 24 also the victory margin reduced from 2,270 in 2006 elections to 723 votes this time.
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