BJP on Tuesday continued its winning streak in local body elections with the party registering quite an impressive showing in the Congress-rules Karnataka.
The good news for the saffron brigade in Bengaluru municipal elections comes after it performed exceedingly well in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In both these states where both the chief ministers had to fight prevalent negative perception following their alleged involvement in corruption- Vyapam in MP and Lalit Modi scandal in Rajasthan.
In Karnataka, the BJP managed to maintain its dominance in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, that it has controlled for the last five years. The party won 100 of the BBMP’s 198 wards, the Congress 76 and the Janata Dal (Secular) 14.
The BJP’s seat tally has, however, come down by 11 while Congress managed to win 10 more seats than it had won in BBMP five years ago.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to congratulate his party workers on this victory. His tweet said, “”After MP & Rajasthan, BBMP poll results complete a hat-trick of wins for BJP. This is a win for politics of development and good governance.”
Experts say that the good performance in BBMP elections will be a big boost to the morale of BJP’s cadres in this crucial south Indian state after their defeat to Congress party in assembly elections two years ago.
Bengaluru, which has an estimated population of 10 million people, had less than 50 percent voters turn-out in the civic body elections. The ruling Congress government was in favour of delaying the polls as it intended to tri-furcate the civic body arguing the area under it was too big to manage.
Last month Supreme Court rejected the government’s plea to further delay the civic polls directing the election commission to conduct the election within a definitive time-frame.