Victory of mayoral candidates of BJP will help in getting victory in coming vidhan sabha elections for BJP

Dec 19, 2018 9:21 | Haryana

Chandigarh, December 19: While expressing happiness over the victory of mayoral candidates of BJP in all the five Municipal Corporations with a huge margin where the polling was held on December 16, Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal  said that by giving mandate in favour of BJP, the people of the State has put their stamp on the welfare policies of the present State Government. We are enthusiastic with the poll results and hoped that people of the State would continue supporting us in the similar fashion and ensure BJP victory in the forthcoming Jind by-election, Lok Sabha and Vidhan  Sabha  elections slated to be held in 2019, he added.           Mr Manohar Lal who was addressing a press conference at his residence here today credited the victory of BJP in these elections to the people of the State and party workers and supporters. He termed the victory of BJP in these elections as five nil. It may be recalled that elections to Municipal Corporations of  Karnal, Panipat, Yamunanagar, Rohtak and Hisar and municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal was held on December 16.

          He said that the party registered the biggest victory in Panipat mayoral in which mayoral candidate won the elections with a huge margin. The huge victory assumes special significance when the election was fought between BJP versus all. Had all the opposition parties contested the elections on their symbols, we would have won with much higher votes, he added.  There are many other councilors also who have expressed their faith in the BJP after their victory.

           The Chief Minister said that there were apprehensions about the timing of the elections to five Corporations and two Municipal Committees in wake of the assembly elections in few other states of the country recently saying that the time  was not appropriate for these elections as it could have put an impact on the outcome of  the civic bodies elections in Haryana. But the people of the State has put its stamp on the transparent working culture of present State Government which has been working for the welfare of all sections of the society without consideration of caste and religion. Results of  these elections clearly indicate that the people of the State has appreciated our work and this victory would further motivate us to do more towards ensuring their welfare, he said adding that  service to people is our priority and it would remain the same in future also.

           While referring to the simultaneous elections of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, he said that though an environment has created in the country that elections should be held simultaneously, yet it requires constitutional decision and support of all the national and regional parties. He did not see any possibility of simultaneous elections of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha in 2019 but it can happen in next elections. He said however, we are ready for simultaneous elections but we have requested that elections should be held on time.

           When asked to comment on the performance of opposition parties in the Corporations and Municipal Committees elections, the Chief Minister said that the  despite the unity shown by all the  opposition parties  in Karnal, the people rejected them and  have put stamp on the policies of the present State Government.

           Asked about the date of by-elections to Jind assembly seat which fell vacant after the death of INLD MLA Mr Hari Chand Middha, he said that though the period of six months would complete in February, it is the   Election Commission who has to take a final call on this.

           Regarding the decision to conduct direction elections of Mayor in five Municipal Corporations, the Chief Minister said that the people of the State also wanted that direct elections should be held for Mayors. He said that Uttar Pradesh has 12 Municipal Corporations and elections there are held there in a systematic manner. We have made a similar experiment in Haryana and I personally feel that this system of election is much better, he added.

           When asked to comment whether the recent poll results in few other states have put an impact on the Corporations and Municipal Committees elections in Haryana, the Chief Minister denied this saying that  every state has different situation. He said that it is the first term of the BJP Government in the Haryana. The five Municipal Corporations in which election was held covers eight to ten assembly constituencies where people have put stamp on the working of Present State Government. He hoped that people would continue supporting BJP in other constituencies also.

           In reply to another question, he said that the public has teaches us the lesson of victory and we wished that they teaches us this lesson again and again. He also advocated the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the elections saying that it is best and transparent system of voting. Though the leaders of opposition parties point finger on the working of EVMs time and again, none of them could  find any flaw in its functioning so far.