Mayoral elections have no bearing on Lok Sabha polls: Bansal
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With the Mayoral election preceding the Lok Sabha elections by just a few months, the political parties are assessing the results differently. While the BJP leaders opined that this is a precursor of what is in store in the forthcoming elections, the Congress has dismissed the notion that the mandate in the Mayoral elections would have any nearing on the Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP-SAD alliance managed to make a dent in the mayoral elections after a gap of six years. Even then it was SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur who was elected. For the BJP, it is after more than a decade that their councillors have been victorious. In fact, selection of the candidates for the election were done keeping in view the Lok Sabha elections that are just a few months away.
President of the city unit of BJP, Sanjay Tandon said, "The result of the election shows a clear shift towards the BJP. It is the pressure of the city residents due to which nominated councillors as well as those of other parties voted for the BJP. This is an indicator of the change that is coming."
Similar views were expressed by senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain. "The results show the anguish and resentment of the people against the Congress. This is not confined only to the public at large, but the nominated councillors as well as those in the Congress share the same feelings. After the rail bribery scam, the confidence of the people has shaken. The authority of the local MP has been lost. This is a reflection of people's mood," he said.
The BJP has not won the Lok Sabha elections from the city in the last three terms. The last election won by BJP was in 1998. Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal has been the MP for the last 15 years.