Bengaluru: In what was understood as a litmus for the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, the Congress won 988 seats getting an edge over the BJP which bagged 929 out of the 2,628 seats in elections to urban local bodies in Karnataka. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) finished a distance third with 378 seats.
Both the Congress and the JD(S) contested the polls separately despite being partners in the state government, but they have already declared that they would tie up post-election in urban bodies.
BJP state unit president and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa admitted that the party would have performed better had it not been for the Congress-JD(S) alliance.
“The BJP should have won more seats but we could not perform the way we wanted to because of the Congress-JD(S) coalition,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru, adding that the money power played a major role for the alliance partners, which the BJP failed to match.
Claiming that the BJP’s performance is commendable and better, Yeddyurappa said that the party is confident of winning a majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Yeddyurappa said.
“People’s mandate is with the BJP and we are confident of a majority in the next year’s general election,” he added.
On the other hand, the Congress said that the people of Karnataka accepted the development policies of the coalition government in the state and have rejected the ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric) of the BJP.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, while thanking the people of the state, said that they have once against reposed their faith in the Congress.
“People of Karnataka have once again reposed their faith in Congress by making it the No.1 party in Urban Local Bodies.
“People have accepted development policies of Congress+JDS Govt & have rejected Jumlas of BJP. Many thanks to every @INCKarnataka worker!,” he tweeted.
In the civic body polls held on August 31, the BJP won 929 seats, with a majority in seven districts including coastal regions of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, while the Congress won 982 seats with a majority in 10 districts including the northern region of the state.
The civic election verdict shows the BJP performed well in its traditional bastions of coastal districts while Congress retained its position in its strongholds of northern districts.
The ruling coalition partner JD-S, on the other hand, won 378 seats getting a majority in its strongholds of Hassan, Mandya and Tumakuru districts.
The BJP had ended up as the single largest party in the assembly polls but had failed to muster numbers to form the government, which paved the way for the Congress and JD(S) to stitch an alliance and take over the reins of administration.
The elections were held for three city corporations, 29 city municipal councils, 52 town municipal councils and 20 Town Panchayats.
Polls to Kodagu urban local bodies have been withheld due to the recent floods in the district.
The BJP was in the leading position in Bagalkote, Belagavi,Chamarajanagar, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere andUdupi districts.
On the other hand, voters put the Congress in the saddle in Ballari, Bidar, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Mysuru, Raichur, Uttara Kannada, and Yadgir.
The JD(S) is in the leading position in its traditional strongholds, including Hassan, Mandya and Tumakuru.