JD(S) fares well in urban local body polls

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Bangalore, Sep 30 (UNI) At a time when the 'Power Transfer' issue between coalition partners JD(S) and BJP is looming large over Karnataka, the JD(S) has fared well in the elections to 209 urban local bodies.

State Election Commission sources told UNI that with the counting still in progress for the 4,920 wards, the JD(S) had so far won 1314, while its coalition partner BJP was pushed to the third place with 942.

The Opposition Congress came second with 1,284 wards, while the independents registered victory in 540 wards.

While the BJP got majority in Bellary, Davanagere and Mangalore municipal corporations, the Congress emerged the single largest party in Gulbarga and Mysore.

Results of Belgaum, Hubli-Dharwad and Mysore municipal corporations indicate a possible hung council, with the BJP and Congress being neck and neck.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, stating that the results may not be a referendum on the performance of the coalition government, said ''the outcome has shown people's faith in JD(S)''.

Meanwhile, the Congress suffered a major setback when the BJP made inroads into Jewargi town municipality, the home town of Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly N Dharam Singh and Gurmitkal, the home town of KPCC President Mallikarjun Kharge, by winning a majority of seats.

UNI

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