BENGALURU: The Congress won six, JD(S) two and BJP managed only one of the ten urban local bodies which went to polls on April 27. Of the seven, Congress won Ballari and Teerthahalli, both bastions of the ruling BJP. In Bidar, the Congress emerged as the single largest party.
Congress functionaries were upbeat on Friday after the results were announced. Of 266 seats spread across 10 ULBs, Congress won 119 and JD(S) 67, relegating BJP to third position with 54 seats.
The alleged mishandling of Covid-19 situation seems to have gone against the saffron party as it lost badly even in the home district of chief minister BS Yediyurappa. Congress won both Bhadravati City Municipal Council and Teerthahalli Town Panchayat.
In Ballari, it was not only BJP but also its MLA Somashekhar Reddy and former MP and relative of minister B Sriramulu Fakeerappa, who took a beating. Reddy’s son Shravan Kumar and Fakeerappa’s daughter Umadevi lost.
The BJP regained power in Madikeri CMC after seven years by winning 16 of 23 seats. The JD(S) managed to win Channapatna CMC and Vijayapura TMC in Bengaluru Rural district. Aam Aadmi Party opened its account with one of its candidates winning a seat in Bidar CMC.
Congress claimed voters have given a clear message that they were not happy with the BJP. “Single-minded dedication & commitment to service of people have been recognised in Karnataka,” tweeted Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress general secretary incharge of Karnataka.
“The results have shown that BJP government led by Yediyurappa has lost people’s confidence. It’s better if he dissolves the assembly and seeks a fresh mandate,” said Siddaramaiah, opposition leader in the assembly.