BJP wins civic body polls in MP

BJP takes the lead in MP local body polls (Lead)

BJP takes the lead in MP local body polls (Lead)

The Congress said BJP had no reason to celebrate because it had lost three posts of presidents, while it had improved its tally from nine to 15. Congress won 14, increasing its tally but at the cost of Independents rather than the ruling party.

"Not only did our tally increase by nearly 100%, we also won seats in chief minister's bastion Vidisha and state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan's home turf Burhapnpur", he said, adding defeat of the BJP in Mandsaur suggested farmers were against the party. He said the victory is a gift to party president Amit Shah ahead of his state tour.

State Election Commissioner R Parshuram said the counting was done at the headquarters of all urban bodies.

Out of the 43 seats that went to polls on August 11, independents also bagged three.

Madhya Pradesh BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the victory was the result of the party workers' dedication and diligence.

BJP and Congress celebrated their wins after results of local body polls were declared.

Also, in a significant development, the opposition Congress won the by-election to the post of councillors in two local bodies - Shamgarh and Garoth in Mandsaur district - which was the epicentre of the violent farmers' agitation in June. He said Congress has reduced to a single digit party due to policies of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"This shows that there is anger among the people against the present government", the Congress leader claimed.

His visit is being seen as crucial for key changes in the party organisation in the near future as well as drawing a roadmap for winning the 2018 Assembly polls.

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