The ruling BJP-JJP combine on Wednesday swept the civic poll in Haryana by winning 25 of 46 seats. Elections in the local bodies were held recently.

A senior official of the State EC said that the BJP won 22 seats, JJP 3, AAP 1, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 1 while Independents 19. He said 10 of the 18 municipal council seats were bagged by the BJP. The BJP’s alliance partner JJP won 1, INLD 1 and Independents 6. “For the 28 municipal committee president’s post, the BJP won 12, JJP 2, AAP 1 and Independents 13,” said State Election Commission Secretary Dr Inder Jeet.

While the ruling BJP-JJP, INLD and AAP fought the polls on their party symbols, the Congress, did not contest the polls though some Congressmen or party supported candidates, had entered the fray as independents. AAP has opened its account by winning the Ismailabad (Kurukshetra) municipal committee president post.

Commenting on the poll results, CM Khattar congratulated all winning BJP candidates and said people have once again reposed their faith in the policies and programmes undertaken by the BJP-led government. “Many congratulations to all candidates of the BJP who won the local bodies elections. This

­victory of yours is a victory of the trust of people which is showing continuously towards the BJP since 2014 and 2019. This victory is dedicated to the hardworking workers of the party,” tweeted Khattar.

Khattar said that the BJP-JJP candidates registered win on 12 seats, which fall in the area from where MLAs are from the opposition Congress.

On the Congress not contesting on their party symbol, Khattar said they ran away from the poll battle knowing that people will reject them.

Haryana BJP president O.P. Dhankar thanked the voters. “People have once again reposed their faith in the programmes and policies of both our governments in the state and at the Centre,” said Dhankar.