BJP wins nine corporations, Congress 5, Ind one, AAP one
There was a tough contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in the second phase of the civic bodies’ elections, counting for which was held on Wednesday. Sources in the state election office said that out of five mayoral seats, the BJP won two –one in Ratlam and another in Dewas. The Congress won Morana and Rewa, whereas Katni went to an independent candidate.
BJP candidates Prahlad Patel won the Ratlam seat and Geeta Agarwal the Devas seat. Similarly, the Congress’s Ajay Mishra won the Rewa seat and Sharda Solanki won the Morena’s mayoral post. Nevertheless, an independent candidate Pritee Suri won from Katni.
The contest at ward number 10 in Parasia area of Chhindwara district was very interesting. The BJP’s Anuj Patkar defeated Congress’s Gagan Khanduja by three votes.
The counting for the first phase of polling was held two days ago. The BJP won the mayoral posts in seven of the 11 corporations, the Congress won three and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) one. This is for the first time that the AAP has entered the political arena of Madhya Pradesh.
The BJP won Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Sagar, Satna, Khandwa and Burhanpur. The Congress won Chhindwara, Gwalior and Jabalpur. The Congress has won Gwalior mayoral post after 57 years, which the political analysts said was a big victory for the party. They said that it was a setback for Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. Similarly, the BJP’s loss in Morena is also seen as his defeat.
Nevertheless, in Bhopal, the relatively unknown Malati Rai of the BJP defeated Congress’s heavyweight Vibha Patel by a record margin of over 94,000 votes. In Indore, BJP’s Pushyamitra Bhargava defeated Congress MLA Sanjay Shukla by 1.3 lakh votes.
The BJP’s loss in Gwalior and Morena will give more ammo to the Congress and the ruling party’s old timers to target Scindia whose flight to the BJP with 22 legislators led to the ouster of the Congress government in 2020.