Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the results were as expected. (Photo Credit: PTI/File)
The ruling Congress dominated the Rajasthan civic polls by winning most of the 23 urban bodies that went to polls last week. The Congress party bagged 23 of the 49 local bodies while the BJP logged victory in just 6 seats while independents won 20. The election for three municipal corporations, 18 nagar parishads and 28 nagar palikas across 24 districts were held on Saturday.
Of the total 2105 wards spread across 49 urban bodies, the Congress won nearly half of them in the first local elections held in the state after the party stormed to power in December last year. Congress candidates emrged victorious on 961 wards while the BJP won 737 seats. As many as 386 Independent candidates have also won the local body elections in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan local body elections: Congress wins 961 seats, BJP 737 seats. 386 Independent candidates have also won the local body elections. pic.twitter.com/IKFuelyxNg— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
Reacting to the massive victory, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot thanked voters and party workers and said that the results of urban bodies were as expected. "The results of the local bodies seems to be coming as per expectations and hopes. It is a matter of happiness that people have given mandate considering the performance of the government. I want to thank voters and congratulate party workers and winning candidates," Gehlot said.
His deputy Sachin Pilot said that the results of civic polls were a testament that people of the state believe in the ideology of the Congress party. "The people of the state have strengthened the Rajasthan government by reinstating their faith in the ideology of the Congress party. The Congress government along with the winning candidates will take the state to new heights of development," Pilot said.