Bhubaneswar, Nov 23:
The ruling Biju Janata Dal has swept the civic polls held for 301 wards across 20 ULBs held on Friday in western Odisha. It has won absolute majority in 15 councils. Congress and BJP have won only one council each while the picture is unclear in three other ULBs.
Five candidates had earlier won uncontested.
According to the final results, BJD has won in as many as 197 of the 301 wards. While the main opposition Congress has registered victory in only 56 wards, BJP has managed to win only in 35.
18 wards have gone to Independents and others.
The BJD had won 47 of the 66 ULBs in the earlier round of civic polls this year.
The ruling party had bagged 84 wards in the 2008 civic polls in these nine districts while the Congress, which performed poorly in this election, had registered victory in 104 wards. The BJP had secured 82 seats in the 2008 civic polls and Independents and others had secured 34 seats.
The thumping victory registered by the BJD in the latest round of ULB polls should taste especially sweet for the ruling party since the naysayers had not given it much of a chance in view of the prolonged strike in western Odisha led by lawyers demanding a separate High Court bench in the region.
As for the two major opposition parties, – Congress and BJP – the election results have proved that they have slipped further behind in the electoral sweepstakes, even in an area where the ruling party was perceived to be relatively weak.
Khariar Road NAC
No clear picture in 3
Majority to none in Rajgangpur municipality of Sundergarh dist.
BJD-10, Congress-2, BJP-3 & Others-5
Majority to none in Kesinga NAC of Kalahandi dist.
Congress- 5, BJP- 4 & BJD-3
BJD, Congress have got 6 each out of 13 seats in Khariar NAC of Nuapada dist