Congress candidates lead in Punjab panchayat samiti, zila parishad polls

Congress candidates lead in Punjab panchayat samiti, zila parishad polls

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The counting of votes to the Punjab Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis will take place today after the state went to vote on Sepmtember 19.

A total of 354 zila parishad and 2,900 panchayat samiti members are to be elected through these polls. There are 22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis in the state.

Thirty three candidates were earlier elected unopposed to various zila parishads and 369 nominees were elected unopposed to the panchayat samitis.

There are a total of 1,27,87,395 registered voters in Punjab, comprising 60,99,053 women and 97 third-gender voters.

Earlier, Opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) accused the ruling party of electoral fraud. Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Muktsar claimed a large number of Congress workers, brandishing swords, were involved in booth capturing. He accused the police of being "mute spectator".

"Booth capturing is taking place and as an MLA I will not tolerate this in my area. Police was not performing its duty. What kind of elections were these, where booths were captured and nomination papers of Akalis rejected," he asked. Further, the SAD alleged bogus votes were polled at some locations.

Clashes between Congress and Akali workers were reported from Rajasansi in Amritsar, Jhoke Harihar in Ferozepur, Lodhi Gujjar in Ajnala and Sohia Kalan in Majitha.

During the clashes members of both factions pelted stone...

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