If Krishna Gaur has become the Mayor of Bhopal, the BJP should thank Congress for putting up a little-known candidate Abha Singh against her.
The voters were unhappy with BJP, which was evident because nearly 40 Congress corporators won compared to 27 wards where BJP won in Bhopal. Even then Congress' Abha Singh lost by 15,000 votes.
A stronger candidate would have easily tilted the balance in favour of Congress. But State Congress chief Suresh Pachouri gave ticket to Singh despite knowing that she was not a well-known face in Bhopal and the Thakur votes are not substanital. Her rival Krishna Gaur got the benefit of being Babulal Gaur's daughter-in-law.
BJP's candidates won in Mayor elections in other important cities also. In municipal corporations, BJP won seven including Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur while Congress and BSP won two each. In municipal councils and municipalities, the Congress comparatively fared better.
In Sagar, a eunuch Kamla Bua won as an independent. In Indore BJP's Krishna Murari Moghe defeated Congress' Pankaj Singhvi. In Khandwa and Burhanpur also the BJP won the election. But most importantly for the BJP, it has a Mayor in Bhopal after ten years of Congress Mayors.
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