CHANDIGARH: Congress is leading in the panchayat samiti and zila parishad polls in Punjab after the counting of votes started on Saturday.
Polling for zila parishad and Panchayat samiti was done on Wednesday. A total of 354 zila parishad members and 2,900 panchayat samiti members will be elected in these elections, the polling for which was held on September 19.
Thirty-three candidates of zila parishad polls and 369 nominees of panchayat samiti elections have already been declared unopposed.
Congress has been leading against their political rivals on majority of seats of zila parishad and panchayat samitis, the official said, adding the final result will be declared later on Saturday night after compiling reports from all districts.
The SAD-BJP combine appears to have suffered a setback in these polls after a gap of 10 years, while the AAP, it seems, has almost been routed.
The Congress won 212, out of 213 panchayat samiti seats in Gurdaspur and the remaining one was won by an Independent candidate.
In case of zila parishad, the Congress registered victory in 18, out of 25 seats in Zila Parishad and was leading in the rest, the election official said.
Terming the poll results “yet another endorsement of his government’s policies and programmes”, Amarinder Singh claimed it reflects a “total rejection of the opposition’s malicious campaign” against the ruling party.