Urban Local Body Polls: BJP wins Nowshera, Sunderbani, draws blank in Kalakote; Majority for Cong in Thanamandi

While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates registered win in Nowshera and Sunderbani municipalities of Rajouri district in the civic polls where it got absolute majority, the party drew blank in Kalakote constituency.
Urban Local Body Polls: BJP wins Nowshera, Sunderbani, draws blank in Kalakote; Majority for Cong in Thanamandi
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While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates registered win in Nowshera and Sunderbani municipalities of Rajouri district in the civic polls where it got absolute majority, the party drew blank in Kalakote constituency. 

The Congress party got the majority in Thannamandi municipal committee while the keys for the post of chairman of Rajouri municipal committee are with the independents. 

As per a district official, counting for all the five municipal committees of Rajouri was held in Boys Higher Secondary School Rajouri under tight security arrangements.   

In Sunderbani municipal committee, the BJP won ten out of thirteen wards with rest three wards won by 6 independent candidates. Congress failed to open its account in Sunderbani. The BJP candidates won from ward number 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 while independent candidates won ward 12, 13 and 2. 

Similarly, BJP candidates won from 7 out of 13 wards in Nowshera municipal committee, thereby getting majority. 

The wards in Nowshera municipal committee from where BJP candidates won included ward 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 13 while Congress candidates won from ward number 4, 5 and 12 respectively. 

Congress managed to get absolute majority in Thanamandi municipal committee and won nine out of thirteen wards including ward number 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Four independent candidates from ward number 2, 3, 8 and 9 emerged victorious in Thannamandi. 

In Kalakote municipal committee, voters preferred independent candidates over the BJP and Congress as 6 out of total 7 wards were won by the independents.  Only one Congress candidate from ward 5 in Kalakote managed to register a win. 

In Rajouri municipal committee, independent candidates seem having the key of formation of local body as neither the BJP nor the Congress managed to get majority and now rely upon independent candidates to elect chairman for municipal committee Rajouri. 

In seventeen wards of Rajouri municipal committee, Congress won seven including ward 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11 and 17 whereas BJP registered its win over six wards including ward 5, 6, 10, 12, 13 and 14.

Four independent candidates, including two women, won from Rajouri municipal committee who are now having key for electing chairman for committee and both Congress and BJP are now trying to get these independent candidates associated with them.

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