Chhattisgarh: Local bodies elections
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The Times of India Jan 01 2016
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Within days of the saffron juggernaut stopping in Madhya Pradesh civic polls owing to a resurgent Congress, BJP suffered a huge jolt in adjoining Chhattisgarh where Congress bagged seven out of 11 urban civic bodies.
The results were particularly embarrass ing for BJP as urban areas form the party's core support base. The civic elections were held on December 28. Congress also retained the crucial mayoral post in Bhilai Municipal Corporation. In MP civic body polls, Congress had wrested five of the eight urban civic body seats.
The polls were held in one municipal corporation, four municipal councils and six nagar panchayats. Of six nagar panchayat s, BJP and Congress won three each with the ruling party losing control over two it earlier held.
The biggest setback for BJP was in Bhilai, where it failed to wrest control of the 70 wards from Congress, which retained the mayoral post with its 27-year-old candidate Devendra Yadav inflicting a heavy defeat on his BJP rival Vidya Ratan Bhasin.