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Despite Vyapam scam, BJP sweeps civic polls in Madhya Pradesh

PM Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter to thank voters for BJP's sweeping victory in the state's civic polls.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: August 17, 2015 9:06 am
bjp, madhya pradesh, narendra modi, shivraj singh chouhan, mp civic polls, mp civic elections, mp civic bodies, mp news, madhya pradesh news, india news BJP registered victory in eight out of ten civic bodies in Madhya Pradesh.

The BJP on Sunday swept municipal elections in Madhya Pradesh, a result that appeared to demonstrate that the Vyapam scandal that the Congress used to demand Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation and to stall Parliament for all of the Monsoon Session, has no resonance with voters.

The ruling party won eight out of 10 civic bodies, votes for which were cast on August 12, a day of unprecedented acrimony in Delhi, when Rahul Gandhi launched a no-holds-barred attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It’s a victory of our ideology. I am overwhelmed. I am also angry because an attempt was made to defame Madhya Pradesh on Vyapam. People here are peaceloving and simple. The Congress maligned us because it could not fight us electorally,” a beaming Chouhan said at the party headquarters.

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The Chief Minister also credited the victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies. Modi, who had publicly backed Chouhan at an election rally in Bihar last week, tweeted, “MP civic polls results are gladdening. I thank people of MP for reposing their trust in BJP. I salute efforts of karya kartas and party leaders.”

 

The BJP comfortably won the mayoral elections to the Morena and Ujjain municipal corporations. It now has mayors in all 16 municipal corporations in the state.

It also won two nagarpalikas and four nagar parishads. The Congress won only the Sarangpur nagarpalika in Rajgarh district. A BJP rebel was elected president of the Guhwara municipality in Chhattarpur district.

 

The BJP registered victories in municipal bodies in Morena, Ujjain, Harda, Chakghat (Rewa), Bhainsdehi (Betul), Kotar (Satna), Suwasara (Mandsaur) and Vidisha. The party had swept the civic polls in the state earlier this year. Elections to 10 10 municipal bodies could not be held then.

The BJP has wrested five municipal bodies from the Congress, including a municipal body in Satna district where the Congress had been in power for nearly 25 years. BJP chief Nandkumar Chouhan said the Congress had been relegated to the third position there.

The Congress, which had attempted unsuccessfully to turn Vyapam into an issue in the 2013 assembly elections and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well, accused the BJP of manipulating EVMs. A party spokesperson decried the alleged arrogance of the BJP and the Chief Minister, and said the election results did not mean that Vyapam had ceased to be an issue. “The BJP has forgotten that the CBI is investigating and the courts are hearing cases,” the spokesperson said.

The Chief Minister said the BJP’s political rivals could not digest the development of the state, and had launched a propaganda to defame it, including on foreign soil. “I am worried what new (electoral) record we will set next time,” he joked.

“Is MP a land of killers?” Chouhan asked the crowd of party workers, referring to allegations that individuals linked to the Vyapam scam were being killed one by one. “No,” the crowd replied.

The Chief Minister subsequently tweeted, “People have given fitting reply to negative forces, bent upon tarnishing the image of MP. Election results again underlines faith in Govt.

“Election results have also sent strong message to those indulging in politics of character assassination. People have rejected them again.”

And, “State is moving rapidly on the path of development. It has no place for negative politics. The sooner opposition realizes it, the better.”

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    Zina
    Aug 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm
    Sonia hi and Rahul hi are ANTI-REFORM. They stalled the land bill as well as other bills. --Their drama in parliament will cause a lot of resentment. They should bring common sense when demanding something in Parliament instead of totally denying people and country a chance at development. --They should bring sensible opposition to just g standing outside the parliament so the media can take picture of Sonia hi screaming and waving. --The media too is at fault. They want to keep promoting Rahul and Sonia instead of criticizing them when they go against country’s development.
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    1. Agastya M
      Aug 17, 2015 at 11:06 am
      Awesome does not even describe it. The nefarious schemes thought up in ford foundation boardrooms and the vatican have been thrown out and rooted at its buds. Its time the media stopped wasting ink and pixels on anyone remotely connected with congress or aap parties. They have no place anymore, anywhere in India. So called allegations and unsubstantiated scams brought up by these losers like rahul (I despise that name now) deserve to be Shift Deleted at first sighting.
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      1. Agastya M
        Aug 17, 2015 at 11:08 am
        Delhi was an aberration. The aap has formed a govt. based on mive lies. I hope the CAG will keep tight tabs on every rupees spent there. We don't want the next BJP govt to inherit an empty treasury.
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        1. Shiv-Ram Rajya!
          Aug 18, 2015 at 10:34 am
          Congratulations MP BJP! When there was dark period of Italian Mafia Lady ruling for 10 years...MP was only state which was shining with LOTUS. I am really proud of you MP guys. Vyapam is surely a scam but not done by BJP. I can surely say..every state has VYAPAM like scams in all fields and surely started in Congress rule.
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            R K
            Aug 16, 2015 at 10:22 pm
            The BJP win in civic elections show that people of MP have rejected the congress propaa of defaming the Shivraj Singh and abstracting the proceedings of the Parliament.
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