Chandigarh: This can be considered as the post demionetisation result of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as they swept the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections today by winning 20 of the 26 seats.
The voting for the body went on Sunday and the counting of ballots was held on Tuesday that resulted in retaining its control over the civic body in the state.
The Congress party won nine seats in the 2011 polls which was further reduced to four seats as its all former mayors-Subhash Chawla, Harphool Kalyan, Poonam Sharma and Kamlesh-facing defeat.
On other hand, the BJP who jointly contested polls with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal managed to win only one of the four seats.
The sitting Mayor of BJP, Arun Sood defeated his nearest rival Rajesh Sharma by 2,077 votes who is from Congress party.
BJP rebel Dalip Sharma won as an independent.
In a house of 35 members, comprising nine Councillors with voting rights to be nominated by Chandigarh Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore, BJP MP Kirron Kher is an ex-officio member.
Among the other prominent losers were local Congress President Pardeep Chhabra’s wife Ritu Chhabra, local SAD President Jagjit Singh Kang’s wife Inderjit Kaur, BSP’s City President Jagir Singh and sitting Councillor Saurabh Joshi of the BJP.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) failed to open its account. It lost on all the 17 seats it contested.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said: “Thanks to the people of Chandigarh for supporting BJP & Akali Dal. This shows the importance people attach to good governance.”
In the last house, the BJP had 15 Councillors, the Congress nine, BSP one and one Independent.
The Congress had made demonetisation its major issue in the polls on which it has faced the defeat.