Continuing its spectacular electoral show in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP on Wednesday won all the mayoral polls, including those in three major cities, votes for which were cast on Saturday.
Wednesday’s performance follows a similar sweep two months ago when the ruling party won all the nine posts of mayor.
In the December leg of the elections, the party had wrested four seats won by non-BJP candidates five years ago.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had campaigned extensively during the municipal elections, was not around to join the celebrations in the party headquarters in Bhopal as he is on a five-day US trip to seek investment.
Indore saw BJP’s Malini Gaud nab over 6.20 lakh votes to defeat Congress candidate Archana Jaiswal by a handsome margin of more than 2.46 lakh votes. Gaud, who is currently MLA from Indore-4 constituency, is wife of former education minister Laxman Gaud. Jaiswal, on the other hand, is former chief of Congress’s women’s cell.
In Bhopal, BJP’s Alok Sharma defeated his Congress rival Kailash Mishra by a margin of more than 86,000 votes.
Sharma’s name was in contention in the assembly and general elections but the party had ignored his claim in the face of opposition from local leaders. Mishra got more than 3.50 lakh votes.
Dr Swati Godbole, who got nearly three lakh votes, won by a comfortable margin of 85,000 votes in Jabalpur, defeating Congress rival Geetasharat Tiwari.
The BJP also emerged victorious in Chhindwara, bastion of senior Congress leader and former union Minister Kamal Nath. BJP candidate Kanta Sadarang defeated Congress nominee Kalpana Suryavanshi by a relatively slender margin of 9500 votes.
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