BJP accuses Congress of ploughing money to bribe voters3 min read
Udupi: The elections for the Urban Bodies of Karnataka saw their end as the results were announced on March 11. In Udupi City Municipality Cooperation (Udupi CMC), the Indian National Congress (INC) swept across the tally by securing 22 seats out of the total 35 seats; whereas the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) could only gain 12 seats.
“This is a tragedy faced by BJP after 36 long years. The numbers to a large extent serve as a testimony to the fact that the people have provided a proper response through their votes. We might have become over confident and this proves to be the right time for us to learn from our mistakes. Yes, I would accept there were small issues like shortage of water but there is no one to blame for it. People expected a change and therefore got one,” said Vilas Rao Nayak, President of the Youth BJP.
On the other hand, both the Manipal and Eshwar Nagar wards were secured by BJP candidates, Narasimha Nayak and Mahesh Takur who defeated their Congress counterparts by a difference of 173 and 363 votes respectively.
Reacting to this, Vilas Rao Nayak stated, “The development happened in Udupi over the past few years is very much visible. It is encouraging to see the young and educated population of Manipal securing their faith on us. In some regions, votes were bought by the Congress which has caused the elections to work in their favour. Evidently, there has been a heavy plough of money in buying the votes of individuals. However, the immense amount of cash was not enough to buy the educated and aware crowd of Manipal.”
Sharing the same opinion as his colleague, a rather ecstatic Mahesh Thakur said, “It is all my dedication which has paid off today as I am getting elected the second time from Eshwar Nagar. There has been immense development in the region. Moreover, there are a number of educated persons in the Eshwar Nagar itself, for whom money didn’t matter. Clearly, the educated individuals could compare the development achieved over the money offered.”
Refuting the claims, Pramod Madhwaraj, the Youth Congress leader from Malpe stated, “They are insulting the voters by saying they are purchasable. Voters of Udupi are highly intelligent and capable enough to decide whom to vote.”
“It gives me immense pleasure to see that the people’s confidence rests upon us. We have been serving the people with fervour and shall continue to do so. I am also glad that the people of this region have finally seen favouritism and corruption put across by the BJP,” he added.
Hamilton Eugene Gallyot, a resident of Manipal said, “Bribing, etc. happens. No wonder it is called politics. People on either side do it. The individuals of this district wanted to see a change so they chose the Congress. It’s a good change and I really have high expectations from them (Congress). Furthermore, if you do not give a chance to other political parties, how would you judge who’s better and more deserving?”
Overall, the Congress swept the Karnataka Urban Local Bodies General Elections by winning 1960 seats out of the 4,952 overall seats as against the 905 seats secured by BJP and JD(S) individually. B. S. Yeddyurappa’s newly floated party Karnataka Janatha Paksha (KJP) could only win 274 seats.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran