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Big jolt for BJP, Congress wins five local body polls in Madhya Pradesh

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After spectacular success in Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat, Congress today won five out of eight local body elections for which polls were held recently.

BJP won local body elections at three places, including Sehore, the home district of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It also won at Mandsaur Municipal Corporation and Shahganj Municipal Council.

Congress won Shahjapur Municipal Council, Bhedhaghat Nagar Panchayat in Jabalpur district, Majhouli Nagar Panchayat in Sidhi district, Dhamnod Nagar Panchayat in Ratlam district and Orrcha Nagar Panchayat in Tikamgarh district.

The victory turned the mood at Congress headquarters here into a jubilant one with party workers bursting crackers and distributing sweets.

In the eight local bodies, elections were held in 179 wards and among them BJP bagged 93 corporators post while Congress got 60.

But, in all Congress won in five local bodies while BJP was confined to three.
Congress Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his gratitude towards the people for reposing faith in the party and congratulated the winning candidates.

Madhya Pradesh Congress Chief Spokesman K K Mishra said, “The winds of change which began from Bihar and has its effect in Ratlam-Jhabua has now percolated down to local bodies which means the beginning of end of BJP rule in the state and revival of Congress in an effective manner”.

State BJP President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that his party has accepted people’s mandate with all humility and would continue to serve them and will not leave any loopholes in it.

By winning the recently-held Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha bye-poll, Congress increased its tally to 45 in the Lower House of Parliament.

PTI