28022018-LT-01.qxd 2/27/2018 11:57 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 28 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Teachers oppose duties 4 trains cancelled ‘SMASH-2018’ Teachers resent Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent duties at far-off exam centres. P2 Four trains were cancelled, 10 rescheduled and several others were running behind schedule. P3 Dayanand Medical College and Hospital holds annual athletics meet ‘SMASH-2018’. P3 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 28°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:14 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:54 AM THE WINNERS WARD VICTOR Congress workers celebrate their victory in the MC elections in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN HOLI BEGINS EARLY FOR CONGRESS Sweeps MC polls with 62 seats; face-saving for SAD 11, BJP 10, LIP 7, AAP 1; Independents 4 Harshraj Singh and Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 27 The ruling party in the state, the Congress registered a landslide victory in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections by winning 62 out of a total of 95 wards today. The local MC is the largest civic body of Punjab. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged 11 wards, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 10 wards, the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) remained victorious in seven wards and Independents emerged victorious in four wards. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could register win in only one ward. As many as 494 candidates were in the fray. Baljinder Singh of the Congress from Ward No. 68 won the election with the highest margin of 5,154 votes while SAD candidate from Ward Number 1, Divya won the election with a margin of a mere 14 votes. President of the District Congress (Urban) Gurpreet Gogi won from Ward No. 76, Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s wife Mamta Ashu from Ward No. 67, Ashu’s brother Narinder Sharma from Ward No. 66, Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid’s son Harkarandeep Singh Vaid Ward No. 44, SAD leader and former minister Hira Singh Gabria’s son Rakhwinder Singh Gabria won Ward No. 34, former District SAD presi- NOTA THIRD IN FOUR WARDS In four wards, NOTA stood at the third place. In Ward No. 79, BJP candidate Annie Sikka polled 3,335 votes and Congress’ Kamlesh Sharma 2,133 votes. As many as 53 voters pressed the NOTA button. Pooja Khanna was an Independent candidate from Ward No. 79. As there were only two candidates in the fray from four wards, NOTA stood third in Ward No. 10, 64, 67 and 75. dent (II) Harbhajan Singh Dang from Ward No. 46 and District Congress (Rural) president Gurdev Singh Lapran’s son Parvinder Singh Gill won from Ward No. 48. Ludhiana AAP’s president Daljeet Singh Grewal’s wife Balwinder Kaur emerged victorious from Ward No. 11. Four independent candidates, Neelam Sharma from Ward No. 5, Sukhdev Singh Sheera from Ward No. 42, Parvinder Kaur from Ward No. 55 and Shelly Malhotra from Ward No. 61 also won the election. Dilraj Singh of the Congress bagged Ward No. 70 against former councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal of the SAD. Amrit Versha Rampal of the Congress won from Ward No. 75 where former councillor Bhupinder Singh Bhinda’s wife Sukhminder Kaur was the SAD candidate. Though former councillor Balkar Singh of the Congress won the election from Ward No. 78, his wife Sneh Lata lost from Ward No. 77. Congress candidate from Ward No. 59 Shallu Dawar, who is the daughter-in-law of MLA Surinder Dawar’s brother, has lost the election. Senior Congress leader Kulwant Singh Sidhu’s son Yuvraj Singh Sidhu lost the election from Ward No. 46. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said the whole counting process completed peacefully. It started at 9 am and the results were announced at 12.30 pm. A large number of support- ers had gathered outside the nine counting centres while the police had made required security arrangements to tackle any situation. The supporters hooted whenever they got information that their candidate was leading. Even some people were seen perched atop trees outside the counting centres. After polling, the Opposition parties, including the SAD-BJP and the AAP-LIP combine, had accused the Congress of indulging in bogus voting and booth capturing. However, the Congress leaders had denied the allegations. Due to difference in registered and polled votes at two booths in Ward No. 44, repolling was held yesterday. PARTY 1 Divya (SAD) 2 Gurmail Singh (SAD) 3 Pallavi Vinayak (Cong) 4 Sukhdev Bawa (Cong) 5 Neelam Sharma (Ind) 6 Sarabjit S Laddi (SAD) 7 Ravinder Kaur (Cong) 8 Yashpal (BJP) 9 Gulshan Kaur (Cong) 10 Harjinder Paul (Cong) 11 Balwinder Kaur (AAP) 12 Naresh Kumar (Cong) 13 Mandeep Kaur (Cong) 14 Kuldeep Janda (Cong) 15 Kanchan Malhotra (Cong) 16 Umesh Sharma (Cong) 17 Jasmeet Kaur (SAD) 18 Vanit Bhatia (Cong) 19 Manisha Taparia (Cong) 20 Navneet Singh (Cong) 21 Kitty (Cong) 22 Raj Kumar (Cong) 23 Sandeep Kumari (Cong) 24 Pal S Grewal (Cong) 25 Satinder Kaur (Cong) 26 Surjit S Rai (SAD) 27 Baljit Kaur (Cong) 28 Paramjit Singh (SAD) 29 Prabhjot Kaur (SAD) 30 Jaspal S Giaspura (SAD) 31 Sonia Sharma (BJP) 32 Sukhveer Singh (LIP) 33 Sunita Rani (Cong) 34 Rakhwinder S Gabria (SAD) 35 Sarabjit Kaur (Cong) 36 Harwinder Singh (LIP) 37 Sarabjit Kaur (LIP) 38 Kuldip Singh (LIP) 39 Jaspreet Kaur (Cong) 40 Arjan S Cheema (LIP) 41 Charanjit Kaur (LIP) 42 Sukhdev S Sheera (Ind) 43 Reet Kaur (Cong) 44 Harkarandeep S Vaid (Cong) 45 Barjinder Kaur (Cong) 46 Harbhajan S Dang (SAD) 47 Priya (Cong) 48 Parvinder S Gill (Cong) MARGIN WARD VICTOR 14 20 378 978 29 395 2,812 486 721 2,137 1,832 1,523 810 1,422 881 3,074 240 783 2,864 907 1,420 1,713 2,517 2,205 545 179 978 36 1495 1,069 304 1,134 57 1,439 27 409 655 1,408 2,116 1,445 882 525 260 221 977 357 3,002 1,115 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 HIGHEST MARGIN PARTY Rajinder Kaur (Cong) Swarandeep Singh (LIP) Amrit Kaur (Cong) Gurdeep S Neetu (Cong) Pinky Bansal (Cong) Surinder Kaur (SAD) Parvinder Kaur (Ind) Sham S Malhotra (Cong) Manju Aggarwal (BJP) Rajesh Jain (Cong) Prabhjot Kaur (BJP) Anil Parti (Cong) Shelly Malhotra (Ind) Om Parkash Ratra (BJP) Luxmi Devi (Cong) Rakesh Prashar (Cong) Punam Malhotra (Cong) Narinder Sharma (Cong) Mamta Ashu (Cong) Baljinder Singh (Cong) Kulwinder Kaur (Cong) Dilraj Singh (Cong) Rupinder K Sandhu (Cong) Hari Singh Brar (Cong) Seema Kapoor (Cong) Pankaj Sharma (Cong) Amrit V Rampal (Cong) Gurpreet Bassi (Cong) Maninder K Ghuman(BJP) Balkar Singh (Cong) Annie Sikka (BJP) Maharaj Singh (Cong) Rashi Aggarwal (Cong) Gagandeep (Cong) Indu Thapar (Cong) Surinder Atwal (BJP) Sunita Rani (BJP) Ashwani Kumar (Cong) Kulwant Kaur (Cong) Manpreet Grewal (Cong) Prem Sharma (BJP) Jai Parkash (Cong) Gurpinder Kaur (Cong) Harvinder P Singh (Cong) Lovleen Kaur (Cong) Gurpreet Singh (Cong) Gurcharan Deep (Cong) MARGIN 931 444 408 711 1,513 914 772 560 1,814 363 127 1,039 329 889 284 1,651 1,563 1,583 3,512 5,154 1,084 1,243 1,592 444 2,641 3,860 774 1,432 151 3,903 1,202 2,578 1,553 2,796 491 2,172 164 3,102 483 3,421 1,710 50 1,351 700 1,730 1,614 739 NARROW WIN No violence, clash on result day Nikhil Bharadwaj Tribune News Service BJP CLAIMS TO HAVE DONE ‘FAIRLY WELL’ A DAY FULL OF EXCITEMENT FOR CANDIDATES, FAMILIES RESIDENTS SEEK ‘DEDICATED’ MAYOR PAGE 5 Party workers gather near the counting centre at Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Ludhiana February 27 Result day of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections saw no violence or any face-off between the supporters of parties. Despite supporters gathering outside counting centres in large numbers, they did not indulge in any confrontation. The police commissionerate had made elaborate security arrangements outside the counting centres. Police station heads, along with the ACP and ADCP-rank officers, were deployed in and outside the centres. Around 900 police personnel were deployed in and outside the counting centres. Only selected support- ers were allowed to enter the centres. The moment a winning candidate came out of the counting centre, his supporters welcomed him with slogans. Suspecting celebratory firing by supporters, the police had issued orders that strict action would be taken if any supporter indulged in celebratory firing. Baljinder Singh of Congress from Ward No. 68 has won with highest margin of 5,154. SAD candidate Divya from Ward No. 1 has won with the margin of a mere 14 votes. SAD suffers loss of 16 seats, rebel factor costs it dearly Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 27 Even though the victory of the Congress in the elections to the municipal corporation of the industrial hub of the state was a foregone conclusion, a near total rout of the SAD, now 11 seats from 27 in the outgoing House, rather came as a shock even to the most pessimistic poll analysts. The party has suffered the ignominy of several highprofile contenders having been rejected by the voters. The SAD leadership was rather convinced that more than the incumbency factor (SAD-BJP was in the saddle for past 10 years), massive irregularities committed by the ruling Congress in the elections and the rebel factor (in some half a dozen wards) PROMINENT WINNERS Harbhajan Singh Dang Rakhwinder Singh Gabria had made a big dent in the party’s tally. In the 11 seats won by the party in the 95 member House, there are just a couple of highprofile candidates who could make it or save their seats. Harbhajan Singh Dang (Ward No. 46), the former district president of the SAD and a sitting councillor, Rakhwinder Singh Gabria (Ward No. 34), son of former Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, Jaspal PROMINENT LOSERS Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal SAD REBELS (ALL LOSERS) Meetpal Singh Pushwant Kaur Dugri Gohalwaria Singh Giaspura (Ward No. 30) son of former mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Surjit Singh Laddi and Surjit Singh Rai, both former councillors, emerged as winners. As compared to high-profile winners from the party, the list of high-profile losers also carries almost the same weight. Outgoing councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal (Ward No. 70), head of the Malwa zone of Students Organisa- Harpreet Singh Bedi Veeran Bedi tion of India (student wing of SAD) Meetpal Singh Dugri, also a close lieutenant of former minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Pushwinder Kaur Gohalwaria (Ward No. 41), wife of outgoing mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and Paramjit Kaur Shivalik (Ward No. 74), wife of former MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik were among the prominent losers. Former SAD legislator and district chief of the party c m y b Kulwinder Kaur Paramjit Kaur Shivalik Ranjit Singh Dhillon also faced the wrath of voters as his wife Ninderjit Kaur and nephew Sukhwinder Singh, both contesting as SAD candidates from Ward No. 3 and 4 respectively, were defeated at the hands of their Congress opponents. Although senior party leaders avoid saying this in so many words but it is a fact that at least on half a dozen seats, the rebel candidates inflicted damage upon the party. Kullwinder Kaur Goga, wife of sitting councillor Sohan Singh Goga contested election as a rebel from Ward No. 41 as the party had replaced its candidate at the last minute to accommodate wife of outgoing mayor Pushwinder Kaur Gohalwaria. Though Kulwinder Kaur also lost to her LIP opponent, but due to division of votes Pushwinder Kaur was relegated to the third spot. Similarly, Harpreet Singh Bedi, a rebel SAD nominee from Ward No. 72 and his wife and sitting councillor Veera Bedi from Ward No. 73 played spoilsport as Ravinder Kaushik, an independent supported by the SAD and Anupam Bhanot (of the BJP) lost the elections from these two wards. MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu ride a bike after the party’s landslide win. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN
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