The Opposition events accused the Congress of indulging in violence and misusing authorities equipment, a cost denied by the ruling social gathering.
In accordance with a spokesperson of the Punjab State Election Fee, 71.39 per cent turnout was recorded within the elections, polling for which was held from 8 am to 4 pm.
The best turnout of 82.99 per cent was recorded in Mansa district whereas the bottom was in SAS Nagar at 60.08 per cent.
A complete of 9,222 candidates are within the fray for the elections to 2,302 wards of eight municipal companies of Abohar, Bathinda Batala, Kapurthala, Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Moga, 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats.
Of the whole candidates, 2,832 are independents, 2,037 from the ruling Congress whereas 1,569 are SAD nominees. The BJP, AAP and BSP fielded 1,003, 1,606 and 160 candidates, respectively.
The SAD and the BJP fought the elections individually after the previous walked out of the Nationwide Democratic Alliance over the farm legal guidelines situation final yr.
Distinguished amongst those that solid their votes on Sunday have been Punjab minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, Akali chief Bikram Singh Majithia, AAP MLA Aman Arora and state BJP chief Ashwani Sharma.
In accordance with officers, seven individuals have been injured in Rupnagar after staff of the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal clashed following a heated argument in Ward No.1 there.
Skirmishes and scuffles between activists of the Congress and the Opposition events have been additionally reported from Batala, Rajpura, Tarn Taran, Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Samana, Rupnagar, Nabha, Nangal, Mohali and Ferozepur.
In Kapurthala’s Sultanpur Lodhi, an Akali employee was injured in a conflict with Congress supporters.
The SAD staff alleged that Congress supporters tried to manage the polling sales space. They alleged that ruling social gathering activists fired within the air.
The incident happened when the voting time was about to be over.
Supporters of each the events pelted one another with stone.
In Batala, a BJP chief sustained accidents on the top after a scuffle with some Congress staff.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal criticised the Congress-led authorities for the violence.
“Failed on all fronts, Congress Social gathering leaders knew they might lose, in order that they resorted to rigging & sales space capturing and even violence. What can we count on from a govt that unleashed goondaism within the state? Disgrace on the State Election Fee for its absolute incompetency,” alleged Badal in a tweet.
Akali chief Daljit Singh Cheema alleged that the Congress “goons” not solely “captured” cubicles but additionally “attacked” opposition candidates.
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma even staged a sit-in in Pathankot on Sunday night in protest in opposition to the alleged “misuse” of presidency equipment.
The saffron social gathering alleged that their polling brokers have been forcibly faraway from some polling cubicles.
The Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) too accused the Congress staff of indulging in sales space capturing in Samana, Rajpura, Dhuri, Abohar and Bhikhiwind, a cost denied by the ruling social gathering.
Chief of Opposition within the Punjab Meeting Harpal Singh Cheema claimed that an AAP volunteer was allegedly shot at in Patti by some Congress activists. Nevertheless, police rejected the cost.
Cheema alleged that the democracy was “murdered” in Punjab on Sunday by the Congress and sought resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Speaking to the media in Majitha, SAD chief Bikram Singh Majithia accused the ruling Congress of “misusing” the federal government equipment to win the polls.
In the meantime, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar thanked voters for “peaceable voting”. He stated some minor incidents had taken place solely within the segments the place the activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal had “tried to take the regulation” into their palms.
The State Election Fee (SEC) had arrange 4,102 polling stations, of which 1,708 have been declared as delicate and 861 as hypersensitive.
Round 7,000 digital voting machines (EVMs) have been used for voting.
As many as 19,000 police personnel have been deployed to make sure free and truthful elections, an official stated.
Voters have been additionally screened with thermal scanners at polling cubicles within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The officers stated the state has 39,15,280 voters, together with 20,49,777 males, 18,65,354 females and 149 transgenders.
The counting of votes will happen on February 17.