Congress party on Saturday won big in Raghogarh by winning 20 out of 24 wards in the just-concluded civic body polls.
Aarti Mahendra Sharma of Congress won the President post in Raghogarh Vijaypur Nagarplika Parishad of Guna district. In Dhar, Parvat Singh Couhan from Congress won the President’s post. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had extensively campaigned in Dhar.
Raghogarh is considered to be a fiefdom of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.
A News18 report said that the BJP had clinched 9 President posts, while the Congress too won 9. One post went to an independent candidate.
The Congress party’s win assumes significance because it managed to make a serious dent into what’s, so far, been BJP strongholds. The party wrested Dhar, Manawar, Sardarpur, Dharampuri, Khetia and Anjad from the saffron party. Manawar in particular was special because the Congress won this from BJP after a gap of 45 years. This seat had gone to the saffron party even during the Congress rule.
This strong performance by a resurgent Congress doesn’t augur well for the BJP given that the state goes for crucial assembly polls later this year.
19 urban local bodies spread over five districts- Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Guna and Anuppur- and 51 Panchayats, had gone to polls on 17 January. The counting started at 9 AM this morning. The BJP had already termed these elections as the semi-final before the assembly polls later this year.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had lost his cool during the campaign when he was seen slapping one of his own security staff. The video of Chouhan slapping his security personnel gone viral on social media. The incident had taken place in Dhar.