With counting of votes for the recently-held urban local body elections taking place on Saturday, political parties in Jammu are anxiously waiting to know how much control they are able to wrest on the urban landscape of the province. The four-phased ULB election was held from October 8 to October 16.
According to officials, the counting of votes for state’s largest municipality—Jammu Municipal Corporation as well as seven other municipal committees of the district—will take place at government polytechnic college, Bikram Chowk.
For 75 wards of JMC, 459 candidates were in the fray while this figure was 305 for 79 wards of seven other municipal committees.
In the 2005 ULB elections, the then ruling Congress party had emerged victorious by managing 29 seats in the 71-member JMC and the Bharatiya Janata Party had managed 26 seats.The BJP seats came mostly from its stronghold constituencies like Jammu West and Jammu East—then represented by Congress leader, late Mangat Ram Sharma and former minister Yogesh Sawhney respectively.
However, in Gandhi Nagar, the Congress, then represented by Raman Bhalla, bagged 17 of total 25 seats and the BJP got only three, changing the political equation there.
The National Conference had also managed four seats in the then local elections while the PDP had also opened its account with two seats. Shiv Sena had taken one seat, while nine independent candidates had emerged victorious for JMC, which completed its five year term in 2010.