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Poor turnout once again in Bengaluru civic polls

The city once again lived up to its reputation for low voter interest with less than 45 per cent turning out to vote in the elections to the Greater Bengaluru Municipal Corporation (BBMP) held on Saturday.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2015 00:51 IST
Sudipto Mondal
Freshers cast their votes during BBMP elections (Kashif Masood/ HT Photo)
Freshers cast their votes during BBMP elections (Kashif Masood/ HT Photo)

The city once again lived up to its reputation for low voter interest with less than 45 per cent turning out to vote in the elections to the Greater Bengaluru Municipal Corporation (BBMP) held on Saturday.

These elections are being held at a time when voices of dissent are growing against chief minister Siddaramaih from within his party. Even as the campaigning was on, senior party leaders such as SM Krishna and M Mallikharjun Kharge publicly displayed their disapproval of Siddaramaiah.

For the Congress high command, which has backed Siddaramaiah despite repeated efforts of local leaders to dislodge him, a win in these elections will help keep the house in order. Karnataka is the only large State in India that is still ruled by the party and a change of guard is bound to create too much bad blood at a time when the party is struggling to keep its flock together.

Incumbent BJP is entering the fray as the party which was in power when the garbage crisis of the city became international news. The Siddaramaiah government dissolved the BJP ruled city council just five days before its term was to end saying the move was aimed at containing rampant corruption in the civic body.

If the BJP is fighting off allegations of corruption, the Congress is fighting off the perception that it has been lethargic in discharging its duties at the State level. After all, nowhere is the State government under greater scrutiny than in the Capital city.

The results are expected to be known by August 26.