Congress, BJP spat over win in MP Panchayat polls

 
MP Panchayat polls

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have spat over victory in the ongoing civic elections in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP on Saturday claimed that its supporters won 84% of district Panchayat seats and 74% of Janpad Panchayat seats. The Congress, however, trashed these figures. The party said that the Panchayat polls are held on a non-party basis, so the BJP’s data was fake, though they had misused power to win in some places.

“BJP supporters have won 84% of seats in 52 district panchayat polls. We have got a majority in 44 of the 52 district panchayats. We are making efforts to ensure victory in polls to the post of president in the remaining eight district panchayats, with hurdles being faced only in three of these,”state BJP chief VD Sharma told reporters.

“The situation will be clear on July 29 when district panchayat members will elect presidents of these bodies. The BJP also won 74.4 per cent of janpad panchayat seats. Of the 313 Janpad panchayats where polls were held, BJP supporters have won in 233. Information on the rest is being collected,” he added. Members of these janpad panchayats will elect respective presidents on July 27 and 28.

“As many as 19,863 of 22,924 posts of sarpanch, or 87 per cent, has been won by BJP supporters. Of these, 650 sarpanchs were elected unopposed. It clearly shows the BJP governments at the Centre and MP are changing the lives of people positively,” Sharma claimed.

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He claimed BJP supporters had won even in regions considered bastions of Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Govind Singh.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress media department chairperson KK Mishra said his party’s supporters had won 386 out of 875 district panchayat member seats, while 129 were won by Independents. He accused BJP state president VD Sharma of providing fake data of his party's electoral victory and claimed the Congress would have won 125 more seats if the ruling party had not misused power. MP Congress chief Kamal Nath thanked the people for extending support to his party in the recent local body polls and tweeted that “we will again fight together” in the Assembly elections scheduled for 2023.