The BJP has claimed that the party supported candidates have won the election for president, district panchayat in 41 of the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Elections for choosing president of the district panchayat were held across the state on Thursday.
The Congress supported candidates have won in seven districts, while two independents have won. The election was not held in one district.
The BJP claimed that its candidates won unopposed in Bhopal, Sagar, Neemuch, Mandla, Hoshangabad, Harda, Betul, Raisen and Dewas.
Clashes broke out between BJP and Congress workers after a Congressman, Manmohan Nagar defected to the BJP on Wednesday night and was elected Bhopal district panchayat president unopposed as a reward. Huzur MLA Rameshwar Sharma of BJP claimed that Nagar had joined the BJP the previous night.
Members owing allegiance to the Congress had pushed Nagar’s name as a candidate for the president’s post. They were completely taken by surprise when Nagar was supported by members owing allegiance to BJP as well.
Later, it became clear to them that Nagar had joined the BJP. Congress workers protested outside the BJP headquarters and almost came to blows with BJP workers, but the situation was brought under control soon.
Divya Singh, daughter-in-law of transport minister Bhupendra Singh, was elected president of Sagar district panchayat, while Komal, daughter-in-law of former minister and MLA Kamal Patel, was elected as president of Harda district panchayat.