Bengaluru, Sept 3: As the counting progressing, Congress has a lead in 982 seats, a slight overall edge over the BJP, while Janata Dal (S) emerged stronger in its strongholds in Old Mysuru area in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election. The polling was held on August 31 and counting taken up on Monday at respective District Heads quarters in Karnataka.
Of the total 2664 seats, results of 1,412 seats were announced so far and Congress has won 560 seats, BJP 499, JD (S) 178. Independent candidates have won in 150 seats. In 2013 election to the ULB out of total 4976 seats, Congress had won 1960 seats, while BJP and JDS had won 905 each and Independents 1206. So far results of 53 Municipalities were announced and Congress has won 19, BJP 12, JDS 8 and there is fractured mandate in 14 bodies.
BJP President BS Yeddyurappa said that the saffron party has performed below expectations. However, he is confident of saffron party's vicotry in 2019. The polls registered a record turnout of 68 per cent for elections to the 2,709 civic wards spanning 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities, 23 town panchayats and 135 wards at Mysuru, Shivamoga and Tumkuru city corporations.
Congress and JD (S), coalition partners in the State government were involved in friendly fight in ULB elections. Congress has already announced that in case of fractured mandate in ULBs, wherever it is possible Congress and JD (S) would join hands to assume power. Counting of votes is expected to be completed by evening. For the first time EVMs were introduced for polling in the election for ULBs and three Municipal Corporations. As expected in Shivamogga, the BJP has maintained its lead.
In major cities where there are City Corporations, BJP won clear majority in Shivamogga while no single party got majority in Mysuru and Tumakuru where Congress and JD (S) are likely to assume power by forging a coalition. (UNI)