On Monday, the results for Chandigarh's municipal election were tabulated, and the AAP won 14 out of 35 seats, securing the most seats. However, no single political party was able to obtain the required majority of 19 seats.
The votes were polled on December 24 and the tabulation began at 9 am. 60.78% of voters cast their votes for all 35 seats. The number of seats till 2016 was 26 and was later on increased to 35.
Aside from AAP, the BJP came in as the second biggest party with 12 seats, followed by the Congress with 8 seats, and the Shiromani Akali Dal with one seat. The BJP won 20 seats in the last elections, while its then-partner Akali Dal got one. However, earlier this year, the coalition fell out over a disagreement about farmer protests.
Keeping in mind that the BJP gave the Aam Aadmi Party a strong battle in the Assembly elections in 2022, the debut win can prove to be a huge boost for AAP.
The municipal election witnessed the loss of several of the big faces such as former BJP mayors Ravi Kant Sharma, Rajesh Kalia, and Davesh Moudgil, and AAP poll committee head Chander Mukhi Sharma. HS Lucky, who currently serves as Chief Spokesperson and sitting councilor for Congress also lost the election.
On securing the win in Chandigarh, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said in an interview that the result in Chandigarh states changes in Punjab. In his tweet, he stated that "People have rejected corrupt politics and have chosen AAP". Senior AAP leader Manish thanked the public of Chandigarh and his fellow workers for the win of his party.
Earlier the civic polls in Chandigarh were a neck-to-neck rivalry between BJP and Congress, but with the entry of the AAP and Akali Dal-BJP alliance, the fight has become 4-way.
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