ZP, TP polls: Cong in first place, BJP second; CM says results below expectations

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-02-23 19:16 Bengaluru: The Congress in Karnataka secured the largest number of seats in both taluk and zilla panchayat polls yet chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said the results “were not according to the party’s expectations”. After the final results came in on Tuesday, CM Siddaramaiah, in a press conference in Bengaluru, said the party "expected to win more seats" and that the results were “not a referendum” on Congress rule in the state. He also said that a “cabinet reshuffle would take place after the budget session”. KPCC president G Parameshwara has left for Delhi to brief the Congress high command about the zilla and taluk panchayat results. Meanwhile, state BJP president Prahlad Joshi claimed “moral victory” for the party, while party member Sriramulu said people had “voted against the Congress government”. In ZP polls, out of 1,083 seats, the Congress managed to win 498 seats while the BJP secured 408 seats. The JD(S) came in third by securing 148 seats. In TP polls, out of 3,884 seats, the Congress won 1,705 seats while the BJP finished second with 1,362 seats. The JD(S) came in third by winning 610 seats.