Vrindavan 02.12.17 (VT) The winner of the Mathura-Vrindavan local elections, BJP’s Dr Mukesh Aryabandu had a double reason to celebrate as the announcement of the election result happened to fall on his birthday. Almost a week after votes were collected, the votes have been counted and the winners have been announced. As expected, most of the seats went to the BJP, the party that is also at the helm of the Central and State Governments.
During the counting of votes, hundreds of supporters gathered, hoping to get information about which candidates were taking the lead. Police were in action to disperse the crowds and protect the officials who were bombarded by supporters wanting to get information about how their candidate was fairing. The crowd was so large that it formed a human chain causing traffic jams.
The crowds show that young men in Braj are taking an active interest in politics, however, this is not so of the general population, of which less than 50% turned out to vote. Political speculators commented that the election was overshadowed by the controversy caused by the council amalgamation, which some feel will cause Vrindavan’s identity to be overshadowed by Mathura.
Dr Mukesh Aryabandu has joined the history books by becoming the first mayor of the combined Mathura-Vrindavan Municipality. It is also seen as being auspicious that the first MV Mayor is from the BJP party as the BJP has made a name for itself as a party that cares about India’s heritage and pilgrimage places.
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