BJP wins JMC Polls

The party was also perceived as having surrendered before its former ally PDP and its failure to address issues of Jammu region.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday won 43 of the 75 seats of the powerful Jammu Municipal Corporation, a gain of 17 seats when compared with last municipal polls held in 2005. The results came as a surprise as analysts had predicted a poor tally for the party on account of anti- incumbency factor.

This election was also a major litmus test for state BJP chief Ravinder Raina, who took over the reins of party in May this year, after it faced criticism for mishandling Kathua rape and murder case. 

The party was also perceived as having surrendered before its former ally PDP and its failure to address issues of Jammu region.

Congress could manage only 14 seats, while in 2005 urban local body elections the party had won 29 seats in the 71-member house.

The independent candidates also performed well and managed to clinch 18 seats, compared to nine in the last election.