Upsetting Congress plans to wrest control of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council with an all out offensive, BJP won 100 wards out of 198, as the results were declared today by the State Election Commission for the polls held on August 22.

After its wins in the civic polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results make it three-in-a-row for BJP, which weathered an aggressive campaign led from the front by the Chief Minister himself against its rule in BBMP.

The Congress bagged 76, JDS headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda 14 and others eight, according to BBMP officials. Though marginally short of a simple majority mark of 103 in the 254-member council, BJP is expected to draw on support from Independent councilors to reach the magic figure. Admitting that the results are not according to his party's expectations, Siddaramaiah said, "We had expected a simple majority for Congress."

He stated "This result is not a referendum on my government, but as a Chief Minister I own responsibility." Amid wild celebrations by BJP, Union Minister Ananth Kumar said, "This mandate shows that countdown has begun for Siddaramamaih and for the Congress."

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