Amidst Farmers’ Stir, BJP Loses Two Mayoral Posts In Haryana Civic Elections

While the BJP-JJP Alliance lost its mayoral posts in both the Sonepat Municipal Corporation and the Ambala Municipal Corporation, it managed to win the position in the Panchkula elections.

Raghav N

December 31, 2020

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Effects of the ongoing farmer protests seem to be rubbing off on Haryana’s ruling government as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- Janata Jannayak Party (JJP)  alliance witnessed an embarrassing loss in the recently concluded civic body elections.

The two parties lost two major mayoral seats in Sonepat Municipal Corporation to the Congress’s Nikhil Madaan, while the Ambala Municipal Corporation poll was won by former Congress member and founder of the Haryana Jan Chetna Party’s Venod Sharma. Sonepat and Ambala have been major points of the agricultural agitation, which could be a reason for the centre ruling party’s abysmal performance in the polls.

The saffron party however managed to win the mayor’s post for the Panchkula Municipal Corporation, though with a small margin of just 2,000 votes more than the Congress candidate. The BJP also won the post of Chairperson in the Rewari Municipal Corporation, with 2,087 votes more than independent candidate Upma Yadav.

The Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state has come under severe criticism for its lack of support to the farmer agitation and authorization of using coercion through water cannons and lathis against the campaigners in the initial stages of the revolution. Despite Khattar’s repeated assurances to the community about the efficacy of the three laws, the results of elections are a testimony of the public’s dissent against the ruling party.

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