Highlights

  • Congress wins most seats in Karnataka local body polls
  • Congress won 501 out of 1,184 wards that went to polls
  • BJP won 433 wards while JDS won 45 of them

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Congress wins most seats in Karnataka local polls, BJP comes second

The results are being seen as a warning bell for the BJP ahead of the 2023 assembly polls, and as signs of anti-incumbency. 

Opposition Congress has outperformed the ruling BJP in the polls held for 58 urban local bodies spread across 20 districts in Karnataka.

Out of a total 1,184 wards that went for polls on Monday, the Congress won in 501 while the BJP managed to win in 433 and JD(S) in 45, the State Election Commission said.

According to SEC, the remaining 205 seats were bagged by independents and smaller parties.

The results are being seen as a warning bell for the BJP ahead of the 2023 assembly polls, and as signs of anti-incumbency.

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In what is also being viewed as a personal setback to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the Congress managed to retain Bankapur town municipal council and Guttal town panchayat, in his home constituency of Shiggaon.

BJP has also lost urban local bodies in the home turf of a couple of Ministers like B Sriramulu's Nayakanahatti town panchayat.

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