BJP and Congress claim big victory in panchayat polls in Karnataka
With still counting underway, both BJP and Karnataka claim their victories in panchayat polls. Without party symbols, 82,616 seats in 5,728 village panchayats in two phases on December 22 and 27 using ballot papers with voter turnout of 78.58 per cent and counting was taken up on Wednesday morning. Counting took place at 226 centres at the taluk headquarters.
BJP backed candidates takes lead in 20,428 seats. Congress leads in 19,253 seats. While JDS leads in 12,731 seats. Independent and other party candidates leading in 8,062 seats.