The Congress party is in jubiliant mood after the party has succeded secuirng the highest number of seats in the Karnataka Urban Local bodies polls, for which counting of votes was taken up acriss the state today. It was followed closely by the BJP, in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls held this year. JD(S) emerged third in the race for power in civic bodies.
In 2,662 of the 2,709 seats declared so far, Congress won 982, the BJP 929 and the JD(S) 329. Independent candidates won in 329 wards. In three city corporations that went to polls, BJP has bagged Shivamogga winning 20 of the 35 seats. A hung verdict has emerged in Mysuru and Tumakuru city corporations.
The BJP emerged the single largest party in Mysuru winning 22 of the 62 seats but failed to cross the halfway mark. Congress won 19 and the JD(S) 18 seats. In Tumakuru too, BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 12 seats of the total 35seats.
The Congress and the JD(S) won 10 seats each. As many as 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities, 20 town panchayats besides the three corporations went to polls on August 31.
Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa admitted that the results are below to their expectation. JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda informed that the Congress and JD(S) will have a tie-up wherever the results are hung.
Though colition partners Congress and JD(S) contested independently, they have decided to support each others wherever there is hung. Meanwhile, eight people were injured after an attack on the victory procession of Congress candidate Inayatullah Khan.