Madhya Pradesh Civic Polls: Bharatiya Janata Party Wins 25 Seats, Congress 15

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The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has managed to emerge victorious in Madhya Pradesh civic polls by winning 25 out of 43 urban bodies results of which were announced on Wednesday.

The victory for the ruling party comes against the backdrop of a violent farmers' protest in the state in June.

Surprisingly, opposition Congress won posts of heads in 15 local bodies, followed by independents in three local bodies. The rest of the seats were won by independent and other parties including BSP. About eight lakh voters exercised their franchise on August 11 for the election of presidents in Nagar Palikas and Nagar Parishads, besides bypolls in these bodies.

State Congress President Arun Yadav said his party had performed better this time but added that the results are not as per their expectation.

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That BJP lost three seats- two wards of Shamgar Nagar Panchayat and one ward of Garoth Panchayat- in Mandsaur district should be a matter of concern for the party as the farmers' agitation had taken place here. Parshuram said the counting was done at the headquarters of all urban bodies.

Mr. Chouhan, who had campaigned for the party's candidates, attributed the win to development. Most of these bodies were located in tribal areas and were reserved for the community.

"I need not name such Congress men who are working as agents of the BJP and their identity is already known to the public", Singh said in Dharamshala. BJP won Shahdol and Dindori while Jhabua, Alirajpur and Mandla went with Congress. Congress retained all four.

BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan claimed that the victory was an endorsement of PM Narendra Modi and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's policies.

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