The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday said the ruling BJD continued its winning streak in the Odisha panchayat polls, defeating its opponents by winning 743 of the 829 seats announced so far.
Out of the total 852 Zilla Parishad seats in the state, the commission has completed the counting of votes in 829 seats. An SEC official said the results of the remaining are expected to be declared during the day. While the BJD has secured an overwhelming majority of 743 seats, its main rival BJP has managed to get only 42 seats, followed by the Congress with 37 seats. Independent candidates won three seats while others got four.
Out of the results declared so far, BJD has secured 267 more seats than its performance in the previous panchayat elections of 2017. BJP has lost 255 ZP seats in 2022. While the saffron party had secured 297 ZP seats in the 2017 elections. The tally has now come down to 42. The Congress, which had secured 60 ZP seats in 2017, has now won only 37 seats. The seats won by independents and others, which were 17 in the last election, have come down to just seven in this election.
With its massive victory, the ruling party is now ready to constitute councils in all 30 districts of the state. The BJP had last formed councils in eight districts. While the state’s main opposition BJP failed to win any Zilla Parishad seats in 10 districts, Congress could not open its account in 18 districts.
The districts where BJP could not win any of the ZP seats were Bhadrak, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguuda, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabbarangpur and Rayagada. Similarly, Congress candidates could not open their accounts in the districts of Angul, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Boudh, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Sambalpur and Sundargarh.
The three-tier panchayat elections were held in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24, while the counting of votes took place on February 26, 27 and 28. Counting is still going on as counting of votes is taking place at some places. SEC official said.