An emphatic victory in the municipal elections has come as a breather for embattled Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was under constant attack from the Opposition over deaths related to the Vyapam scam.
The BJP on Monday said the result proves that people have rejected the “negative and baseless campaign” against Chouhan, who himself initiated probe into what can be best called an administrative lapse.
“The result reinforces that people have full faith in the Chouhan government. He was unnecessarily targeted and people have rejected the Congress by defeating it in every nook and corner of the state,” BJP vice-president Vinay Sahashrabuddhe and state BJP chief Nand Kumar Chouhan said in a joint press conference.
After the counting for the poll, the BJP controls all 16 municipal corporations, 69 out of 98 municipalities and 208 out of 264 municipal councils. It also gained control over 50 out of 51 zila panchayats and all 313 janpad panchayats.
Nand Kumar Chouhan said it was unprecedented for a national party to lose in all 16 Nagar Nigam polls and termed it a “historic rout” for the Congress.
Congress spokesperson RPN Singh, however, said, “We are fighting against the corruption of BJP leaders. That has nothing to do with election results. And our protests over the Vyapam scam will continue. These municipal election results will not be able to suppress our protests on Vyapam. People also know how municipal elections are contested.”
The BJP said every party was free to interpret the election result in its own way. “Since the election was fought against a certain backdrop, it is quite natural for us to consider this as rejection of a negative politics by the Opposition,” Sahashrabuddhe said.