Karnataka panchayat polls: BJP-backed candidates lead the race | India News
BENGALURU: Candidates backed by the ruling BJP lead in the majority of gram panchayat seats in Karnataka, closely followed by candidates supported by Congress, as the vote count was still ongoing on Wednesday. Elections to the Gram panchayat were held on December 22 and 27 and the vote count is expected to be completed on Thursday.
Since the vote was conducted with paper ballots, the results have been delayed, the State Elections Commission (SEC) said. Of the 91,339 seats in 5,728 grams of panchayats, the vote count was completed at 54,041 seats at 8pm Wednesday.
The SEC also criticized political parties for claiming victory for candidates supported by them. “We have won more seats than Congress, JD (S) and the independents have collectively won,” said Minister KS Eshwarappa. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah blamed the BJP for attempting to woo victorious congressional-backed candidates using money and muscle strength.