In a dramatic turn of events, the Chandigarh mayoral elections have become a battleground of accusations, with the BJP securing victory and the AAP-Congress alliance crying foul. The opposition INDIA bloc, led by Arvind Kejriwal, faces allegations of fraud after BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar emerged victorious. The political skirmish unfolds against the backdrop of intense rivalry and a divided electorate.

BJP Chief’s Assertion

BJP Chief JP Nadda declared the INDIA bloc as “brain dead,” emphasizing that the BJP’s triumph exposed flaws in the arithmetic and chemistry of the opposition alliance. The party celebrated its win in the mayoral elections despite the INDIA bloc having sufficient numbers in the council.

Opposition’s Claims of Fraud

In response to the defeat, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP labeled the BJP victory as “broad daylight robbery” and outright “fraud.” The party accused the BJP of employing unethical tactics to secure the win and raised questions about the legitimacy of the electoral process.

BJP’s Counterargument

Punjab BJP leader Jaiveer Shergil countered the opposition’s claims, dubbing the AAP-Congress alliance as a “thugbandhan” (alliance of thugs). He asserted that the BJP’s victory symbolized the triumph of democracy and the rejection of the alleged thugbandhan’s corrupt politics.

Candidate’s Response

Manoj Sonkar, the victorious BJP candidate, dismissed accusations of cheating, stating that the alliance’s main agenda is to level baseless allegations. He highlighted that the entire electoral process was captured on camera, challenging the opposition’s narrative.

AAP’s Outcry and Legal Action

Arvind Kejriwal, in a press conference, accused the BJP of “murdering democracy” and declared it a “black day for democracy.” AAP leaders, including Raghav Chadha, termed the victory as illegal, unconstitutional, and treasonous. The AAP has taken the matter to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking redress.

Alleged Irregularities

AAP MP Raghav Chadha claimed that the BJP resorted to illegal tactics, emphasizing that eight out of 36 votes were declared invalid for the first time in Chandigarh mayoral elections. He asserted that the BJP faced no invalidated votes while the AAP-Congress alliance had to contend with this setback.


The Chandigarh mayoral elections have ignited a fierce political debate, with conflicting narratives of victory and fraud. As the opposition challenges the legitimacy of the electoral process, the controversy adds a new chapter to the political landscape, leaving room for legal scrutiny and further developments.

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