The Congress has won 982 seats and the BJP has 929 seats in the elections held on Friday. The Janata Dal Secular of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy won 375 seats. Results for two seats are awaited.
The Congress and alliance partner Janata Dal Secular have together outstripped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the elections for Karnataka’s urban local bodies -- seen as a test for the coalition government formed in May.
State BJP chief Yeddyurappa said his party would have done better had it not been for the Congress-JD(S) alliance. The ruling allies contested separately, with the provision that if need be, they would join hands to keep the BJP out of power again.
The Congress and the JD(S) together have won 1,357 seats, which gives them a clear edge over the BJP and control of a majority of the Urban Local Bodies.
“We expected better performance of the party than the present results,” said the BJP chief, BS Yeddyurappa. The election results, he said, are “not an indication of any future elections, particularly Lok Sabha elections... where the BJP is going to win with a thumping majority.”
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “If you combine the secular votes, they are the most... these elections are based on minor issues and local candidates and these results don't hold much significance.”
The BJP, which has a strong presence in urban bodies in bigger cities, won in Shimoga, the stronghold of Yeddyurappa and emerged as the single largest party in Tumakuru and Mysuru. The party is also leading in Bagalkote, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere and Udupi districts.
The Congress is ahead in Ballari, Bidar, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Mysuru, Raichur, Uttara Kannada, and Yadgir. The JD(S) is leading in its traditional strongholds, including Hassan and Mandya.
In Tumkur, 8 people were injured in an acid attack on the victory procession of winning Congress candidate Inayatullah Khan.
The elections were considered a test of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government and an indication of the voters' mood ahead of the next year's general elections. In the assembly elections in May, the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, remained out of power as the Congress and the JD(S) joined hands.
On August 31, polling took place across 2,633 wards of the state -- spread over 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities and 23 town panchayats and in 135 wards of three city corporations. A record average of 67.5 per cent voter turnout was registered.
Polls to the urban local bodies in Kodagu district were not held due to the recent floods in the district.
In the 2013 local body elections, out of 4,976 seats, the Congress won 1,960, while the BJP and the JD(S) won 905 seats each. Independents had won the remaining 1,206 seats.
Chemicals sprayed at victory rally
Around 10 people were injured when chemical was thrown during a Congress victory celebration in Karnataka’s Tumkuron Monday. The incident took place during a small procession being taken out by the Congress candidate, Inayathullah, to celebrate his win in a ward.
The police said someone within the crowd sprayed some liquid that caused some skin irritation and allergy to people. They were taken to hospital. All of them have suffered minor injuries.
“The liquid might be some low intensity acid like bathroom cleaner,” said Diveya V Gopinath, a police officer. Nobody has complained and no one has been arrested.
(With inputs from agencies)
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