Bengaluru, Aug 25: The BJP has every reason to smile about. All set to win the BBMP elections, the party has reversed a trend in which the ruling party in the state goes on to win the elections to the corporation.
While the BJP is all smiles, the Congress has gone into fire fighting mode and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is in a closed door meeting with senior leaders of his party to assess the loss.
Siddaramaiah ever since he took over as the CM has been facing a silent rebellion from within his own party and there are many who want him replaced.
Was it a referendum against the Congress rule of Bengaluru
The Congress had done everything to ensure that the elections were delayed. It was finally the courts which had to step in and direct the conduting of the elections.
The BJP had accused the Congress of trying to delay the elections as they were scared of a defeat.
Being in power at the BBMP is a matter of prestige and also a major responsibility and the Congress would have wished that it had taken this election after an impressive performance in the previous assembly elections.
There has been a lot of anger among several residents of Bengaluru over the manner in which the Congress and the CM in particular has handled the affairs of the city.
The realization came a bit late in the day for the CM who had recently announced that the city would have a minister exclusively. However it appears as though the decision came too late in the day.
BJP is all smiles
BJP leaders are obviously overjoyed. They were confident of a victory, but many did not expect this margin of victory. Some leaders say that the only thing that could have hampered their chance was the trend where voters normally vote for a party which rules the state.
However on the administration front, they were extremely confident that the voter would chose them over the Congress.
The leaders have said that the Congress has completely mismanaged the city and the voter has trust only in the BJP.
Moreover if one looks at the last Parliamentary elections, all the three seats were won by the BJP and hence to a large extent, we expected this result, the BJP points out.