The broad-based coalition of the Congress, the Janata Dal(Secular) and the Bahujan Samaj Party has worsted the BJP in the keenly contested local body elections in Karnataka.
The Congress has won 929 of the 2,662 wards across city corporations, city and town municipalities and town panchayats in the elections held on Aug 31. The Congress has bagged 27 per cent of the seats.
The JD(S) which had a friendly fight won 375 wards and the BSP 31, taking the tally to around 1,370 seats. With this, the ruling coalition will control majority of the urban local bodies.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the last Assembly elections but was yet pipped at the winning post by a post-poll alliance of the Congress-JD(S), has won 929 seats and it can govern only in 31 local bodies, according to reports.
Th Cong has improved upon its performance of the last Assembly elections thanks to tactical understanding with the JD(S). Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gunda Rao has said “the results show that the Congress and the JD(S) with their combined strength can decimate the BJP”.
Chief Minister and JD(S) chief H D Kumarasamy has said “voters in urban areas are no longer supporting the BJP:”
The BJP, which hoped to win 60 per cent of the local bodies, won only four out of seven local bodies in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts and emerged as the single largest party in Mysore city corporation.
Though BJP claims to have improved upon its performance of 2013, it is small consolation. State BJP president and former Chief Minister Y S Yeddyurappa have in a statement said though the results are satisfactory,”we could have done better”.
He said “the party will focus on winning 22 out of 28 seats” in the next Lok Sabha elections due by May 2019.