Vyapam scam-hit BJP sweeps Madhya Pradesh urban body polls
Vyapam scam controversy failed to dent BJP's popularity in Madhya Pradesh where the state's ruling party clinched eight out of 10 civic bodies on Sunday, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank the voters.india Updated: Aug 16, 2015 21:10 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party swept the Madhya Pradesh urban body polls by winning eight out of 10 chairpersons’ posts which chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described as the people’s rejection of the Congress’ propaganda against his party.
With the victory, the Vyapam scam-hit party now controls all the 16 municipal corporations in the state. The voting to the 10 urban bodies was held on August 12 and the results were declared by the state election commission on Sunday.
The Congress has won the lone chairperson's post in Sarangpur municipality of Rajgarh district and the remaining one has been bagged by an independent candidate in Ghuwara nagar parishad of Chatarpur district.
The BJP has won the Mayoral posts in Ujjain and Morena, chairperson’s posts in Vidisha and Harda municipalities and Kotar, Chaakghat, Bhainsdehi and Suvasara nagar parishads, the state election commission official said.
An elated chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the BJP headquarters in Bhopal to celebrate the victory with the party workers amidst fireworks, drums and slogan-shouting.
He said the results showed the people’s verdict against the Congress’ attempt to malign him and his party through a false propaganda on Vyapam scam. The chief minister said the victory was a sign of the people’s continuing faith in the BJP.
Congress vice-president Laxman Singh, however, admitted that the defeat was a consequence of party infighting. In fact, the party has won the lone chairperson’s post from Sarangpur municipality which falls in Singh’s former Lok Sabha constituency of Rajgarh. He gave credit to the party members for maintaining a constant touch with the people in Sarangpur which was not the case earlier.
The Congress has a majority in the houses of Morena municipal corporation, Ghuwara nagar parishad and Sarangpur municipality.