Karnataka results: No celebration yet for Cong

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Bangalore, March 11: The Congress today was heading for a big win in Karnataka urban local bodies. But the real story is of routing of breakaway groups of the BJP like KJP and BSR Congress. Also, the BJP can still recover from the lost battle.

The polls have generated so much interest that it was trending in top ten on Twitter.

Initial trends show that the Congress was leading in urban polls, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was finding the going tough, often billed as semi-final before the final polls for the assembly in the May. And the results stayed that way.

However, one must remember that only about 86 lakh voters went to the polls (turnout was 70 percent) and the state has nearly 4.18 crore registered voters, who will participate in the assembly elections. There are 16 lakh new and young voters, who could swing either way.

Today's results point to a hung assembly if the Congress sits like a smiling Buddha and basks in the glory of this win, and the BJP gives up too early.

The BJP can gain from this poll outcome if it starts corrections in its poll strategy. The party with a cadre at grassroots can still recover as the urban local poll results are negative vote (against BJP misrule) and not a whole hearted support for the Congress.

The Congress has failed to project a leader and still does not have a coherent election plan. It also lacks committed workers who can galvanise lost voter base. the party is know to depend on hired crowd and the ruling BJP, which is aware of such games, can stall the Congress game plan.

However, BS Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) has put up a dismal performance, even in Shimoga. Similar was the fate of the Bellary brothers, who had launched the BSR Congress. They have been routed in their stronghold.

Final results: The Congress managed to win 1960 seats, the BJP got 906 and the JDS has 905 seats in its kitty. The KJP got 274 and the BSR Congress could not even touch three figure mark. Its tally was 86. The independents were in huge numbers at 777.

In the last elections to ULBs in 2007, out of the total 5007 wards, the Congress had come first winning 1606, followed by JDS 1502 and the BJP 1180.

Sl. No.District NameTotal Seats
Declared SeatsBJPINCJDSKJPBSRIndependentsOthers
1 Bangalore Urban
23 23 9 6 5 0 0 3 0
2 Bangalore Rural
123 123 18 48 41 0 0 16 0
3 Ramanagaram 112 112 2 65 40 0 1 4 0
4 Chitradurga 142 142 4 49 30 14 13 32 0
5 Davanagere 149 149 23 85 15 8 6 11 0
6 Kolar 166 166 21 46 58 1 0 34 4
7 Chikkaballapur 146 145 7 47 48 5 1 31 0
8 Shimoga 176 176 24 64 40 34 1 12 1
9 Tumkur 234 234 17 77 93 20 1 26 0
10 Mysore 204 204 19 90 69 6 1 17 2
11 Chamarajanagar 109 109 11 56 3 19 2 11 7
12 Chikkamagaluru 148 148 53 57 14 5 0 19 0
13 Dakshina Kannada
189 189 63 108 6 0 0 4 6
14 Dakshina Kannada 95 95 43 49 0 0 0 1 0
15 Hassan 180 180 3 55 90 10 0 22 0
16 Mandya 161 161 9 57 62 0 1 25 7
17 Kodagu 40 40 19 8 11 0 0 2 0
18 Belgaum 392 392 104 59 6 2 0 221 0
19 Bijapura 150 150 33 44 25 4 0 43 0
20 Bagalkote 290 267 96 121 18 4 6 22 0
21 Dharwad 156 156 50 64 29 5 3 5 0
22 Gadag 203 203 61 99 8 3 20 11 0
23 Haveri 193 193 41 78 5 51 3 15 0
24 Uttara Kannada
239 239 50 107 41 1 3 37 0
25 Bellary 246 246 18 137 6 0 0 85 0
26 Bidar 149 149 22 53 36 23 6 9 0
27 Gulbarga 213 213 28 82 36 46 1 18 2
28 Yadgir 98 98 5 50 12 7 4 20 0
29 Raichur 154 154 28 63 34 6 10 13 0
30 Koppal 96 96 25 36 25 0 3 7 0
  Totals : 4976 4952 906 1960 906 274 86 776 29

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