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Clean sweep for BJP-Akali coalition in Chandigarh Civic polls

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 December 2016, 13:28 IST

The BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) coalition swept the Chandigarh Municipal elections with a landslide margin. BJP won 20 out of the 26 seats, SAD one, Congress four and Independent one, an election office spokesman informed.

In the previous House, the BJP-Akali Dal had 12 seats, Congress 11 and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party two.

The Municipal Corporation has 36 members, of which 26 are elected councillors, nine are nominated councillors and one is an MP (ex-officio member of the House).

Congress had made demonetisation a major issue in the polls, with its city unit leaders saying the move was implemented without any "application of mind" and had put the public to "great hardships", reports PTI.

This victory comes few months ahead of the crucial Punjab Assembly elections.

Assembly elections will also witness the participation of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.

The BJP is celebrating this victory as support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonitisation drive, which saw the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

(With PTI inputs)

First published: 20 December 2016, 13:28 IST