Close contests were witnessed in many wards in Mohali and one candidate won by just a single vote. In four wards, the margin of victory was less than 10 votes while in 10 wards it was less than 55.
The results showed that the Akali Dal and its rebel ‘Azad group’, led by Kulwant Singh, fought closely in several wards.
Ward number 26 saw the most closely fought contest, with Kulwinder Kaur Rangi of the Congress winning by a margin of one vote against Nirmal Kaur of the ‘Azad group’.
Rangi, a first-time contestant, was up against five other contestants. Out of a total of 1,875 votes polled, 483 went to her while Nirmal polled 482. The third in the race was Dimple Sabharwal of the BJP who got 378 votes while independent candidate Swaran Kaur only got 80 votes.
“In local body elections, the voters are not so many and each vote counts. In my ward, the competition was tough but by the grace of God, I managed to pull through. I’ll now ensure development of my ward, as I had promised,” said Rangi.
In ward number 29, Amteshwar Kaur was elected councillor for the third consecutive time after winning by three votes against SAD candidate Sukhminder Singh. Amteshwar, an independent candidate from the ‘Azad group’, polled 466 out of a total of 1,648 votes.
In ward number four, Gurmeet Kaur of the ‘Azad group’, who polled 615 votes, won by a narrow margin of six votes over SAD candidate Baljeet Kaur. In ward number 9 too, BJP candidate Arun Sharma won by a margin of six votes over ‘Azad group’ candidate Baljeet Kaur.
The Congress was relieved when its candidate Rajinder Singh Rana, a former municipal council president, won over SAD candidate Avtar Singh Walia by 17 votes in a keenly fought contest in ward number 12.
SAD candidate Kuldeep Kaur Kang, an ex-councillor, won from ward number 10 with the highest margin of 917 votes. Another SAD ex-councillor Gurmukh Singh Sohal won by 912 votes.
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