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Karnataka urban local body polls: Congress emerges single largest party winning 498 of 1,184 seats

A total of 58 urban local bodies consisting of 1,184 wards went to the polls. Of the total 1,184 seats that went to the polls, the Congress won 498 seats, BJP 437, JDS 45 and others 204.

By: Express Web Desk | Bangalore |
Updated: December 31, 2021 1:51:03 am
Of the 166 City Municipal Council wards, the Congress got 61, BJP 67, JDS 12 while others got 26. (Representational image)

Ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections, the Congress in Karnataka Thursday outperformed the BJP in the polls held for 58 urban local bodies (ULBs) in 20 districts.

Congress emerged as the single largest party, winning 501 of 1,184 wards that went to the polls on December 27. BJP won 433 wards and the JD(S) won 45. A total of 195 Independents also won in the elections. AAP and Janata Party have won one seat each, while AIMIM and SDPI won two and six, respectively.

Congress secured a majority in 20 urban local bodies. BJP, meanwhile, won 15. The JD(S) won one ULB. The rest of the ULBs have thrown up mixed results with no party being able to secure a majority.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said his party had performed well when the overall results were considered. But he also blamed losses on areas with a high population of minorities.

“We have performed better than the last time though we should have performed better in this election,” he said. “If you observe, as these places have concentration of minority community voters, we have not been getting good results, but this time due to efforts, in places like Gadag and others, we have got success.”

The BJP also lost in Bommai’s constituency. On this, he said: “We had never won there (in Bankapur), minority voters are 65 per cent, it won’t be right for me to say more. Same is the case with Guttal…. we will continue with our development work there also.”
Karnataka Congress party chief DK Shivakumar said, “Election results in recent times have indicated a Congress wave in the state…”

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