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BJP wins civic polls for 1st time

Nearly two years after it formed the first-ever saffron government in the South, ruling party BJP today created history again when it captured the prestigious Bangalore City Corporation for the first time winning the civic polls.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2010 19:09 IST

Nearly two years after it formed the first-ever saffron government in the South, ruling party BJP today created history again when it captured the prestigious Bangalore City Corporation for the first time winning the civic polls.

In an emphatic victory, the BJP secured a clear majority unseating the Congress and reasserting its supremacy in the country's IT hub.

Of the total 198 wards in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, BJP, which formed its first government in May 2008, seized control of the civic body, belying forecasts of a fractured verdict.

With results for 192 of the total 198 BBMP wards available, BJP bagged 110, Congress 61 and the H D Devegowda-led JD(S) came a poor third with 14. Seven wards were bagged by others.

"It's a befitting reply (to the Congress and JDS). The verdict has silenced our critics", an elated Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said, announcing a Rs 22,500 crore bonanza for improving infrastructure in Bangalore in the next three years.

The bitterly fought March 28 BBMP polls were seen as a test to BJP, whose image took a beating after its government faced its worst crisis following a rebellion against Yeddyurappa by a section of legislators in the party late last year.

Congress blamed the poor turnout--44 per cent-- as the main reason for BJP's victory.

In the assembly polls, BJP had bagged 17 seats in BBMP jurisdiction, Congress 10 and the JD-S one. In the Lok Sabha elections, BJP won all the three seats from Bangalore.

With today's outcome, BJP has re-established its influence over the city electorate.

BBMP polls, due for the last three and half years, were held after 100 wards were expanded to 198 by merging seven city municipal councils, one town municipal council and 111 villages.