Riding on a good show in the Rajasthan Urban Local Body (ULB) polls last week, the ruling Congress managed to form a Board in 36 out of 50 ULBs which went to polls. BJP had to contend with 12, followed by Independents on two.
In the results declared on December 13 for 1,775 wards of 50 ULBs in 12 districts, Congress won 619 wards and BJP won 548. BJP had also fallen behind Independents who won 596 wards, followed by BSP (7), CPI (2), CPM (2) and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party in one ward.
On Sunday, Congress won nine out of ten Nagar Palikas in Jaipur, with Bagru going to an Independent. The other Independent win came in Dholpur Nagar Parishad.
In Alwar, BJP won four out of six Nagar Palikas, with the other two going to Congress. All seven Nagar Palikas in Bharatpur were won by Congress. Similarly, all three Nagar Palika/Parishad in Dausa, all three in Karauli, and both in Baran were won by Congress. In Sri Ganganagar, Congress and BJP had to contend with four Nagar Palikas each.
Thanking party workers for the “expected” results, Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra said that with 12 Boards, BJP has been restricted to 24 per cent.
BJP state president Satish Poonia accused the state government of misusing state machinery and alleged that people were “threatened with cases and through police administration”. “Hence, Congress was able to save its face with the help of Independents.”
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