The opposition BJP in Rajasthan has won the elections to the posts of 57 municipal chiefs while the ruling Congress has managed to get 49.
The results of the municipal polls were declared on Friday.
The elections for the offices of municipal chiefs and ward members in 126 civic bodies were held on August 18.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the Congress’s performance was satisfactory because the party got a higher percentage of votes than it did last time.
Both the major parties have increased their vote percentage. The Congress increased its vote share by almost 5 percentage. The BJP got 39.87 per cent compared to 35.5 per cent last time.
However, Union Rural Development Minister and Rajasthan Congress chief C.P. Joshi attributed the BJP’s good showing to price rise. “There is definitely an impact of urban voters and also the price rise,” he said.
Joshi also said the results were unexpected. However, he explained: “We know that our position is weak in urban areas. Whatever we have done is definitely our achievement. The Congress has gained this time as compared to past elections.”
BJP general secretary Vasundhara Raje, former Rajasthan CM, said: “People have shown their inclination for the next assembly elections.”
The election in 46 civic bodies, including the municipal corporations of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Bikaner, were held in November 2009. Of the 3,096 ward members’ posts, the BJP won 1,261 while the Congress got 1,157. Independent candidates won 637 posts.
The Congress won the mayor’s post in Ajmer, the only place that has corporation status of those that went to polls in this phase.