The first direct mayoral polls in Haryana towns went off peacefully Sunday under heavy security arrangements. The elections expect significance as they have been conducted in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.
The voting for civic body polls took place in the hometowns of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Karnal) and former Chief Ministers Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Rohtak) and Bhajan Lal (Hisar) also.
Haryana State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh told The Indian Express that they have not received a single complaint from any part of the state till late evening. “Hundred percent EVMs remained functional during the voting for the civic body polls,” he said.
The polls for Mayor and ward councilors held in five towns — Rohtak, Karnal, Hisar, Panipat, and Yamunanagar apart from ward councilor polls for two Municipal committees — Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal district. Jakhal Mandi recorded 89.5 percent, while it was 82.1 percent in Pundri town.
State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said that the overall percentage in these elections remained 69.39 percent. Also, 62.7 percent voting was seen in the Municipal Corporation Hisar, 61.8 percent in Karnal, 62 percent in Panipat, 62.4 percent in Rohtak and 65.2 percent in Yamunanagar.
The INLD-BSP alliance and Congress had helped an Independent mayoral candidate Asha Wadhwa to take on BJP candidate and outgoing Mayor Renu Bala Gupta in Karnal. In other four towns also, the Congress helped Independent mayoral candidates as it did not contest the polls on party symbol. The INLD-BSP alliance fielded its candidates for mayoral polls in four towns.
However, BJP fielded its candidates for the election of Mayor and ward councilors in every five corporations.
Counting of votes of these municipalities will be held on December 19 at centers specified by the Deputy Commissioners concerned and outcomes will be declared immediately after the completion of counting.