Both BJP, Congress claim ‘victory’ with 25, 15 seats in MP civic polls
Bhopal, August 17: The 15-seat win in the Madhya Pradesh civic polls came as a major boost for the opposition Congress ahead of the state assembly elections, scheduled in 2018.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 of the 43 seats in the MP local body polls, the results of which were announced on Wednesday. Three local bodies were won by Independent candidates.
The victory for the ruling party comes against the backdrop of a violent farmers' protest in the state in June.
The election for the posts of presidents in the 43 local bodies, including four municipalities and 39 nagar parishads, was held on August 11.
"The BJP won 25 seats, the Congress 15, while three seats were won by Independent candidates," a Madhya Pradesh Election Commission official said.
Of the 43 seats, bypolls were held at four, while the contest was necessitated on two seats after the sitting presidents were removed under the 'right to recall'.
The Congress claimed the party had, in fact, scored over the BJP in these elections.
"We have defeated the BJP candidates at Nasrullaganj, a town which falls under (Union minister and Vidisha MP) Sushma Swaraj's parliamentary constituency, and at Sanawad, which comes under state BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan's parliamentary seat," Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh said.
He also pointed out that the Congress had won 13 of the 31 local bodies, which had witnessed an intensive campaigning by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"This shows that there is anger among the people against the present government," the Congress leader claimed.
Meanwhile, Chouhan attributed the "massive" victory of the BJP to the "development work" of his government.
"Best wishes to all the winning candidates and hard working workers of the BJP for the massive victory. The victory of the BJP in the civic bodies polls in the state means a triumph of development. The public has trusted us and we will certainly meet their hopes," the CM tweeted.
The assembly polls are due in the state in 2018.