Civic polls: It’s advantage Congress in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh

  • HT Correspondent and Agencies, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2015 12:32 IST

After spectacular success in Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat, Congress on Saturday won five out of eight local body elections for which polls were held recently.

Seven of these urban bodies were with the BJP while the Bhedaghat Nagar parishad was the only body controlled by the Congress.

The Sehore municipality and the Shahganj nagar parishad, both won by the BJP, are located in Sehore, the home district of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Congress won Shahjapur Municipal Council, Bhedhaghat Nagar Panchayat in Jabalpur district, Majhouli Nagar Panchayat in Sidhi district, Dhamnod Nagar Panchayat in Ratlam district and Orrcha Nagar Panchayat in Tikamgarh district.

In the eight local bodies, elections were held in 179 wards and among them BJP bagged 93 corporators post while Congress got 60.

But, in all Congress won in five local bodies while BJP was confined to three.

The Congress celebrated the victory, saying that the results were reflective of the mood of the people to bring about change.

Holding a press conference after the announcement of results on Saturday, the party claimed that the urban bodies where polls were held were located across the state and, hence, the anti BJP mood was prevalent all over.

Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his gratitude towards the people for reposing faith in the party and congratulated the winning candidates.

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief spokesperson K K Mishra said, “The winds of change which began from Bihar and has its effect in Ratlam-Jhabua has now percolated down to local bodies which means the beginning of end of BJP rule in the state and revival of Congress in an effective manner”.

State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that his party has accepted people’s mandate with all humility and would continue to serve them and will not leave any loopholes in it.

By winning the recently-held Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha by-poll, Congress increased its tally to 45 in the Lok Sabha.

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