Proving all the fears and speculations wrong, the BJP managed to retain its hold in two of the three Nagar Palikas in Udaipur while independent candidates under the flagship of Janta Sena, a two-year-old party formed by BJP rebel and independent legislator Randhir Singh Bhinder, made a remarkable debut by winning 17 of the 20 seats of the Bhinder municipal body.
BJP won the Fatehnagar and Salumber Nagar Palikas with a clean majority. However, it failed to gain a single seat in Bhinder. Celebrations broke out at the party offices in both the places as the results came one by one of the BJP candidates defeating their opponents in various wards. At Fatehnagar of the 20 seats, BJP won 14 while the Congress’ share was limited to 5 seats while at Salumber BJP won on 15, the Congress 4 and one seat to an independent, of the total 20 seats here. The high voting percentage at all the three places had earlier been seen as symptoms of public discontent against the previous boards. However, the saffron party managed to fight the adversities especially after the number of controversies that had recently hit the party bigwigs. Celebrations marked the district BJP office at Patel Circle with the final announcement of results. Party workers cheered slogans, distributed sweets and set off fireworks to express their delight on the consecutive victories after general, state and municipal corporation elections. While at Bhinder, celebrations was the order of day at legislator Randhir Singh’s home, where supports and winning candidates gathered in large number to rejoice their victory. “We were sure to win 13-14 seats but had not expected this much. We are grateful to the public, who voted out the bigger parties and laid their trust on independent candidates,” Randhir Singh said.