Cong sweeps panchayat polls in Punjab

Thursday 03rd January 2019 02:06 EST

AMRITSAR: The ruling Congress swept the panchayat polls, which were held on Sunday in over 13,276 villages in Punjab, while opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that elections were rigged. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), also alleged that booth capturing did happen at some places. Voting was held on Sunday that saw a heavy turnout of 80%. Bathinda and Fazilka recorded 86% polling, Mohali 84%, Pathankot 82%, Patiala and Sangrur 81%, Moga 78%, Fatehgarh Sahib 77% and Muktsar 77%. Soon after the voting concluded, the counting of votes was taken up and the results were declared. Minor clashes and incidents of firing and booth capturing were also reported at over a dozen places. Tension prevailed in some villages in Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and other districts. Incidents of firing between warring groups were also reported from some places.

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