Congress candidate Amandeep Singh Naggi celebrates his win in municipal election in Patiala district on Wednesday. (PTI)
THE ruling Congress won six Municipal Corporations and emerged as the largest party in the seventh, sweeping the urban body polls in Punjab on Wednesday. The Congress won in Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Batala and Pathankot, in the civic polls held against the backdrop of the farmers’ agitation. In Moga, it needed victories in six more wards to control the Municipal Corporation.
The counting for another Municipal Corporation will take place Thursday. In addition, results for 109 Municipal Corporations are also expected. The outcome comes as a boost for the Congress, which has been backing the protest by farmers – a majority of them from Punjab and Haryana – against the BJP-led government at the Centre. The Congress is also eyeing a win in the Assembly elections, which are just a year away.