Karnataka: Local bodies’ elections

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Urban local bodies: Cong ahead of BJP

Cong edges out BJP in K’taka civic polls, JD(S) comes third, September 4, 2018: The Times of India

Cong-JD(S) To Take Control Of Most Councils

In the first elections since the JD(S)-Congress coalition government came to power three months ago, Congress edged BJP in 105 urban local bodies (ULBs), results of which were declared on Monday. JD (S) was relegated to the third position. Between them, Congress and JD(S) are set to take control of most councils.

Of the total 2,662 seats — including those in the city corporations of Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru — Congress bagged 982 seats, BJP 929, JD(S) 375, BSP 13, Independents 329 and others 34. Congress and JD(S), which had announced they would ally post elections, can wrest power in a majority of local bodies with their combined strength.

KC Venugopal, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, said: “The victory of Congress is a mandate against communal and divisive forces in the state.”

Though BJP emerged the single largest party in all three city corporations, it can rule only in Shivamogga, while Congress-JD(S) will ally in Mysuru and Tumakuru. BJP displayed an impressive performance by securing a clear majority in 10 of 29 city municipal councils, an indication that the party continues to be preferred by urban voters, especially in big cities and towns.

Of the total 108 urban local bodies, polls were held in 105. Elections to Kushalnagar, Somawarpet and Virajpet town panchayats in Kodagu district were postponed due to heavy rain and landslides. Fresh dates are yet to be announced. Of the 105 urban local bodies, three were city corporations, 29 city municipal councils, 53 town municipal councils and 20 town panchayats.

Of the total 135 wards in the three city corporations, BJP won 54, Congress 36, JD (S) 30 and BSP 1, and Independents 14. The results also indicate the alliance between Congress and JD(S) did little to help either party consolidate their positions in coastal districts. In Old Mysuru area, JD(S) was way ahead of Congress, while it almost made a clean sweep in Mandya and Hassan districts.

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