Haryana, Sep 25, 2017: In a major setback to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which was confident to bagging about 30 of the 35 seats in the Gurugram municipal corporation elections, had to contend with just 14 seats.
Bagging 21 out of 35 seats, the independent candidates stood out while one seat has gone to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
Of the independent candidates, three were supported by the Congress. Two of these candidates were supported by the INLD as well.
As results came in, they brought in good news for the women of the city as well with 15 women candidates emerging victorious. Of them, 10 are independents, while five are from the BJP.
Soon after the result was declared, Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said that mayor will be from the BJP and the party will gain a majority as a number of independents will support the BJP.
However, State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, claimed that the results signified a rejection of both the BJP and the INLD.
There are over 5.5 lakh electorates in the city and a total of 202 candidates will contest the polls. Out of the 35 wards, 10 wards reserved for women candidates and two for each Scheduled Caste (women) and Backwards Class candidates.
Reports claimed that 546 booths have been set up in the city, with 228 of them being declared as sensitive and hypersensitive.