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Upset Gowda calls for introspection in Karnataka BJP

Bangalore, Mar. 11 (ANI): Expressing disappointment with the result of the urban local body elections in Karnataka, former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Monday said it is a time for introspection for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

Gowda said the results are quite surprising, and added that he never expected this sort of a verdict from the people.

” Since last five years, we are the one party that is BJP, which practically gave so much importance for the development, especially infrastructure, drinking water, waste management and other things. Practically, we gave maximum importance. We thought that this election will be on the basis of the development for which the BJP gives much importance,” said Gowda.

“Practically, we felt so much bad about the result. I don’t know why the people have given this sort of a result. Only thing is (that) it is a time for introspection for the BJP in Karnataka,” he added.

The former chief minister claimed that former BJP leaders like Yeddyurappa and Sriramulu, who have now floated their own regional parties have played a major role in the set back for his party in the polls.

Gowda, however, claimed that the BJP did well as far as the developmental aspects are concerned.

“But the results are not up to our expectations. And somewhere we have to sit together and we have to find out what are the things that made so much impact on the voters not to vote for BJP. This is a time for introspection because we thought that we will be the front runners,” he added.

The opposition Congress in Karnataka has dominated the tally till now in the March 7 elections to urban local bodies in the state, for which counting was taken up today.

The Congress, which has improved its tally over its previous performance in the urban local body elections held in 2007, has won in 1745 wards out of 4328 wards for which the results have been declared till now. It is followed by JD (S), which has won in 852 wards. The BJP managed to taste victory in 783 wards.

Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janatha Party has won in 247 wards, while Sriramulu’s BSR Congress Party achieved success in 76 seats.

Out of total seven City Corporations, Congress remains dominated in four of them.

As per the latest results, out of 352 wards in seven City Corporation for which results are declared, Congress has won over 154, BJP over 62 and JD(S) has won in 40 wards. In city municipalities, town municipalities and town panchayats also the Congress holds sway. (ANI)