Cong wins majority in K’taka civic polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Sep 2018 08:55:03


 

BENGALURU,


Congress wins 982 seats, BJP bags 929 seats while JD-S trailed behind winning 375 seats out of the total 2,662

KARNATAKA’S ruling coalition partner the Congress won majority of the seats across 10 of 22 districts during vote count for 105 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) on Monday, the State Election Commission (SEC) said. In the civic body polls held on August 31, the Congress has  won 982 seats out of the total 2,662 seats, with a majority in 10 districts including Ballari, Bidar, Gadag, Mysuru, Uttara Kannada and Raichur, the SEC said in its website.


On the other hand, the Congress’ leading ally in the State Government, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), trailed behind winning 375 seats and a majority in its strongholds of Hassan, Mandya and Tumakuru districts. The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 929 seats, with majority in seven districts including the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. Independents  won 329 seats across the 22 districts, while other fringe parties and regional outfits won another 34.


The civic election verdict shows the BJP performed well in its traditional bastions of coastal districts, while the Congress retained its position in its strongholds of northern districts. The result in Vijayapura district in the northern part of the State threw a hung verdict, with both Congress and BJP winning eight seats each of the total 23 seats, while JD-S won two seats and Independents five.


In the event of no party getting majority on its own in the election, the Congress and the JD-S have decided to forge a post-poll alliance to keep the BJP out of power, similar to
May 12 State Assembly election which threw up a hung verdict, a JD-S official told IANS earlier.


Polling took place last Friday across 22 districts of the State spread over 29 city Municipalities, 53 Town Municipalities, 23 Town Panchayats and 135 Wards of three city corporations -- Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru. A record average of 67.5 per cent voter turnout was registered across the State for the civic polls. The polling in 45 seats of Kodagu district’s civic bodies has been postponed due to recent heavy rains and flooding in the region.


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

 

 


 

Acid attack on Cong candidate’s victory march

BENGALURU,

A CONGRESS candidate and his nine supporters were injured in a suspected acid attack on Monday during a march to celebrate his victory in the Karnataka urban local body elections.


Inayatullah Khan, who won the election from ward Number 16 in Tumakuru -- around 70 km from Bengaluru, was taking out the procession in the morning when an unidentified person sprayed some liquid on the crowd and fled the scene, police said. Around 10 people suffered minor injuries, among which Khan had the maximum burns on his face.