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MP: Congress bags 5 urban body chief posts, BJP 3

The Congress bagged the chairperson posts in five of the eight urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh that went to polls on December 22.

bhopal Updated: Dec 27, 2015 16:38 IST
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Congress workers celebrate party’s victory in local body elections, at PCC office in Bhopal on Saturday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

The Congress bagged the chairperson posts in five of the eight urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh that went to polls on December 22.

The Congress won the Shajapur municipality, Orchha nagar parishad, Majhauli nagar parishad, Bhedaghat nagar parishad and Dhamnod nagar parishad while the BJP won the Sehore and Mandsaur municipalities and Shahganj nagar parishad.

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.

The victory for the Congress came barely a month after the party won the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha bypoll where former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria defeated Nirmala Bhuria with a margin of more than 88,800 votes.

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.

BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan welcomed the mandate but said the BJP has won 93 wards whereas the Congress won 60 in the 173 wards in the eight urban bodies that witnessed polls.

The most interesting result was that from Orchha nagar parishad where the BJP candidate Ayachi Nirmala was the choice of BJP general secretary (organization) Arvind Menon but lost to the Congress’s Rajkumari Singh.

A number of ministers were brought in to campaign in the relatively minor election.

Rural development minister Gopal Bhargava and transport minister Bhupendra Singh spent a number of days in Orchha to ensure victory of the BJP candidate.

The Congress candidate was put up by former MLA Brijendra Singh Rathore.

Ameeta Arora of the BJP defeated Reena Yadav of the Congress for the post of chairperson of the Sehore municipality, while Sheeta Bhatt of the Congress defeated BJP’s Sangeeta Bhandawat in Shajapur.

In Mandsaur municipality, Prahlad Bandhwar of the BJP won over Someel Nahata of the Congress.

First Published: Dec 27, 2015 16:23 IST