Madhya Pradesh civic body elections: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 25 of the 43 local bodies in the state, beating Congress that could bag only 15 civic bodies. A year before the Assembly elections in the state, the win for BJP, however, didn’t come without some reasons to worry. Though the Congress could win only 15 seats, it swept Mandsaur, which was the epicenter of recent farmers’ protests in the state.
In the last civic body elections, BJP had won 28 seats. Clearly, it has lost ground in some local bodies. In contrast, Congress not only won all three seats in Mandsaur region but also improved its tally, signaling its silent rise in the state.
Here are some more takeaways of the Madhya Pradesh civic body elections:
- Three local bodies were won by Independent candidates.
- Though BJP’s count decreased by three, the results show it is still the first choice for people in most parts of the state as the party emerged victorious despite violent farmers’ protest in the state in June.
- The election for the posts of presidents in 43 local bodies, including four municipalities and 39 nagar parishads, was held on August 11.
- Of the 43 seats, bypolls were held at four, while the contest was necessitated on two seats after the sitting presidents were removed under the ‘right to recall’.
- Congress claims it has scored better than BJP. “We have defeated the BJP candidates at Nasrullaganj, a town which falls under (Union minister and Vidisha MP) Sushma Swaraj’s parliamentary constituency, and at Sanawad, which comes under state BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan’s parliamentary seat,” Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.
- Singh also said Congress won 13 of the 31 local bodies, which witnessed an intensive campaigning by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “This shows that there is anger among the people against the present government,” he claimed.
- Chouhan attributed the “massive” victory of the BJP to the “development work” of his government, according to PTI. “Best wishes to all the winning candidates and hard working workers of the BJP for the massive victory. The victory of BJP in the civic bodies polls in the state means a triumph of development. The public has trusted us and we will certainly meet their hopes,” he tweeted.