The BJP Reaffirms Its Dominance in Haryana Local Body Elections; The Congress Is Routed in Its Basti

Updated: Jul 19


Following its defeat in the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress in Haryana received another jolt when party-backed Independent candidates were defeated in the elections to 46 urban local bodies, which were completed on Wednesday.


Though the Congress did not run on its symbol, it did lend its support to Independents in their fight against the ruling JJP-BJP coalition.


Candidates backed by the party could win the presidency in Assandh, Missing, Naraingarh, Ratia, Sirsa, and Bawal. Congress has 15 MLAs in the areas where local body elections were held, and it could win on only two Municipal Committees.


The BJP-JJP alliance gained control of 25 of the 46 municipal bodies.


Even in its strongholds of Rohtak, Jhajjar, and Sonepat, the Congress had little success. Jhajjar, a stronghold of Opposition Leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was thoroughly defeated by the ruling party candidate. The elections were held while the state unit was led by Udai Bhan, a Hooda supporter. Bhan possessed


Kumari Selja, his rival, was recently replaced.


The BJP was elected president in both Jhajjar and Bahadurgarh, which are represented by Congress MLAs. The BJP won in Ganaur and Kundli Municipal Committees, as well as Gohana Municipal Council. A Congress MLA represents Gohana.


An Independent was elected to the Meham Municipal Committee in Rohtak.


The BJP also won in Ferozepur Jhirka and Punahana Municipal Committees, while the JJP won in Nuh Municipal Council. Three Congress MLAs are currently serving in these districts.


Despite the defeats, Congress leaders attempted to take a defiant stance. "The candidates did not compete based on party symbols." Furthermore, the BJP received slightly more than 25% of the votes cast in urban areas, indicating a gradual decline in its voter base," according to a party leader.


In Narnaul, Congress MLA Kiran Choudhry's supported candidate Kamlesh Saini won, while her supported candidates lost in Charkhi Dadri and Bhiwani. She had voiced her displeasure when Congress decided not to fight on the party symbol.


The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a new entrant in Haryana politics, may win only one seat after contesting 45.


Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the ruling BJP-Jannayak Janata Party coalition on its strong performance in the municipal elections, saying the people of Haryana have expressed complete trust in the state government's development efforts.


Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated the BJP candidates who won, saying the victory reflected the people's trust in the party.


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