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Congress wins Karnataka urban local body elections, bags 982 seats

According to the state election commission, BJP secured 929 seats while JD(S) won 325 seats in the elections which were held on August 31. The remaining seats were bagged by the Independents and others.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 3, 2018 6:11:11 pm
Karnataka urban local body election 2018 LIVE: The Congress and JD (S) did not rule out on forming a post-poll alliance to keep the BJP out of power. (Source: ANI)

Karnataka urban local body election 2018 LIVE: Counting is underway for the 105 urban local bodies (ULB) across Karnataka that went to polls on August 31. The polls registered a record turnout of 68 per cent for elections to the 2,709 civic wards spanning 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities, 23 town panchayats and 135 wards at Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru city corporations.

A total of 8,340 candidates, including 2,306 from the Congress, 2,203 from the BJP and 1,397 from the JD-S contested in the urban local body elections. The Congress and JD (S) did not rule out on forming a post-poll alliance to keep the BJP out of power. “In the event of either party not getting majority on its own in the ULB elections, we will have post-poll alliance to rule the local bodies as we did to form the coalition government in the state after the May 12 assembly election threw a hung House with a split verdict,” a JD(S) official told IANS on Saturday.

In the 2013 urban local bodies elections held in 4,976 seats, the Congress had won 1,960 seats, while the BJP and the JD-S had won 905 seats each, and Independents had bagged the remaining 1,206 seats.

Live Blog

Results for 105 Karnataka urban local bodies will be announced today. Track this space for LIVE UPDATES.

18:08 (IST)03 Sep 2018
BJP blames JDS-Cong for defeat in Karnataka civic polls

Pinning the blame on Congress-JD(S) coalition, BJP state unit President BS Yeddyurappa said, "The BJP should have won more seats but we could not perform the way we wanted to because of the Congress-JD-S coalition." The party, however, is confident of winning a majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he said. "People's mandate is with the BJP and we are confident of a majority in the next year's general election," he added.

18:04 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Karnataka rejected 'jumlas of BJP': Surjewala
16:45 (IST)03 Sep 2018
JD(S), Congress will keep BJP at distance: Gowda on poll results

Reacting to the results, JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda said, "We have succeeded. JD(S) and Congress will work together to keep BJP at a distance."

16:29 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Final results out: Congress wins ULB polls

Counting of votes is over and the final results have been declared: Congress has won the ULB polls with 982 seats.

15:55 (IST)03 Sep 2018

The BJP had ended up as the single largest party in the assembly polls but had failed to muster numbers to form the government, which paved the way for the Congress and JD(S) to stitch an alliance and take over the reins of administration.

15:44 (IST)03 Sep 2018

These elections were considered a popular test of the Congress-JD(S)coalition government which was formed post-May assembly polls which had yielded a hung verdict and also was an indicative of the voters' mood before the Lok Sabha elections.

15:35 (IST)03 Sep 2018

Both the Congress and the JD(S) contested the polls separately despite being partners in the state government, but they have already declared that they would tie up post-election in urban bodies.

15:31 (IST)03 Sep 2018
In Pics: 8 people hurt in acid attack in Tumkur
15:21 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Number of contestants

In all, 8,340 candidates, including 2,306 from the Congress, 2,203 from the BJP and 1,397 from the JD(S) are in the fray for the ULBs, while 814 contested from the city corporations, including 135 from Congress, 130 from BJP and 129 from JD(S).

14:49 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Acid attack on Congress victory procession in Tumkur, 8 hurt

Meanwhile, in Tumkur, eight people have been injured in an acid attack on a victory procession of Congress candidate Inayatullah Khan, ANI reported. More details awaited.

14:29 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Final results of City Corporations declared

Counting for the City Corporations has ended. While the BJP has bagged 54 seats, Congress has won 36 seats.

14:04 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Results as on 2:00 PM

Congress- 982,  BJP- 929,  JDS-375, Independents-329

13:35 (IST)03 Sep 2018
It is a neck-and-neck fight, elections are based on minor issues, says Mallikajun Kharge

Congress is not lagging behind. Neck-to-neck fight is there & if you combine secular votes, they are the most. These elections are based on minor issues & local candidates & these results don't hold much significance: Mallikarjun Kharge on Karnataka urban local body polls results pic.twitter.com/5wXys8efmm— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018

13:14 (IST)03 Sep 2018
BJP wins Chitradurga district

12:58 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Town Panchayat results: Close contest between Congress and BJP

Summary of Town Panchayat results so far

Total seats- 400
Results declared on- 355
INC-138
BJP- 130
Independents-57
JD(S)-29

12:49 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Congress wins Ballari constituency with 20 seats.

The BJP only managed to win eight seats in Kuditini and Kottur respectively.  A total of three independents also won from Kottur. 

12:32 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Congress wins Raichur District

12:16 (IST)03 Sep 2018
Congress breaches 900 mark

Source: Karnataka state election commission

12:04 (IST)03 Sep 2018
BJP leads in Bagalkote
11:57 (IST)03 Sep 2018
BJP ahead in City corporations results

So far results of seats out of 135 seats for City Corporations of Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumkuru have been announced. The BJP leads with win at 31 seats, followed by Congress (20) and JDS (19)

The JD-S is also ready to support the Congress in the local bodies where it will fall short of majority so as to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from ruling them.

"We are expecting to secure majority in many city and town municipalities across the state though we contested against the JD-S and the BJP. We hope the JD-S will reciprocate our gesture to support it in forming the coalition government in the state," a Congress spokesman told IANS here.

In all, 8,340 candidates, including 2,306 from the Congress, 2,203 from the BJP and 1,397 from the JD-S contested in the ULBs, while 814 did in three city corporations, including 135 from Congress, 130 from BJP and 129 from JD-S, with the remaining as Independents.

In the 2013 ULB elections held in 4,976 seats, the Congress had won 1,960 seats, while the BJP and the JD-S had won 905 seats each, and Independents had bagged the remaining 1,206 seats.

"Though the coordination committee of the alliance partners discussed the prospects of post-poll tie-up in ULBs, a decision to that effect will be taken after all the results of the wards are declared by Monday night," added the Congress official.

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