Congress today put up an impressive performance in the urban local bodies
elections in Karnataka as former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's fledgling
party KJP damaged ruling BJP's prospects without making a big electoral impact
for itself ahead of assembly polls just 2 months away.
Congress won 1,960 wards as against 906 each secured by BJP and JD(S) of former
Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda in the March seven poll counting of votes for
which was taken up today.
Congress won city corporations of Davanagere, Mangalore and Bellary. BJP was
routed in Bellary, where the mining barons Reddy brothers, had a stranglehold,
with the party drawing a blank. Mysore and Gulbarga city corporation elections
saw fractured mandate, with Congress emerging as the single largest party.
The polls in urban pockets of the state were seen as a "semi-final",
coming as it does in the run up to assembly elections due by May.
Karnataka Janatha Paksha of Yeddyurappa, who quit BJP in November last made its
electoral debut securing 274 wards.
The former BJP strongman dented BJP's prospects but failed to make much impact
statewide on its own. In his home district of Shimoga, KJP could secure only 34
wards out of 176 with Congress bagging 64, JD(S) 40 and BJP 24.
The BSR Congress of former Minister B Sriramulu, who had also broken away from
BJP and tested the political waters, won 86 wards, eating into latter's votes.
Independents made it big, winning 776 wards and are all set to play a key part
in formation of urban local bodies where the elections have thrown up fractured
Elections were announced to 208 urban local bodies (4976 wards) -- seven city
corporations, 43 city municipal corporations, 66 town municipal councils and 92
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.