THE BJP suffered a major setback in Harda Nagar Palika election, as the Congress snatched the municipality chairman post and a number of corporator seats from the BJP. The BJP, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janshakti (BJ) leaders were eagerly waiting for the results that were supposed to give a boost to the morale of the winning political party ahead of Vidisha and Bada Malehara by-polls.
The election results were declared late on Thursday night. The BJP defeat came as the third in a row after its defeat in Sehore and Mandideep Nagar Palika elections in the past about one year.
The defeat has stunned the BJP, which put in a lot of efforts in the election to ensure its victory. The Minister for Revenue Kamal Patel camped in the district to ensure the BJP candidate Devi Singh Sankhla’s victory at chairman post and the other candidates for the corporator posts.
As per a report the Congress won 21 corporator seats out of 30 as against seven by the BJP. One seat of corporator went to BJ, while the remaining one went to an independent candidate.
The Congress candidate for municipality chairman post Hemant Tale polled 15024 votes to defeat his nearest rival the BJP candidate by about 5000 votes. The latter secured 10087 votes. The BJ candidate Shivnarain Tank could get a mere 1358 votes.
The results were declared late at night. The Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Jamuna Devi dubbed the Congress victory as the indication of the shifting mass base of the BJP and the bright prospects for Congress in the next assembly elections.
Certain leaders from the Congress said that free and fair elections could be possible in Harda since Jamuna Devi visited Harda and requested the Election Commission to keep close watch on the election proceedings. When contacted the State BJP spokesperson Uma shankar Gupta said he was not aware of the elections results so far.