Chandigarh: In a shot in the arm for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of Punjab assembly polls, their alliance on Tuesday defeated Congress in the city municipal corporation election. This is the biggest ever victory for any single political party in the body since its inception in 1996.

The BJP won in 20 wards out of 26, its ally SAD bagged one, four wards fell in the kitty of Congress and one ward was won by an Independent in the election held on Sunday, an election office spokesman said. Congress had a majority in the municipal corporation after the previous three elections. However, in the mayoral election in January this year, the BJP candidate had won.

Enthused by the poll result, BJP chief Amit Shah congratulated local leaders and workers, saying the party has been winning every election since demonetisation. “After banning of high-value currency, we are repeatedly winning—first in by-elections in five states, then Thane municipal polls, Rajasthan polls, Gujarat polls and today people of Chandigarh have accepted the BJP wholeheartedly," he said.

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