Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Congress said that it had put up a brave fight against the Janata Dal (S) and BJP in the urban local body elections and alleged that misuse of official machinery by the ruling parties caused the defeat of the party candidates at various places.

The BJP, which doubled its tally compared to the last elections, said the urban electorate voted for the ruling parties acknowledging the performance of the coalition Government, headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Speaking to The Hindu, KPCC president M. Mallikarjun Kharge said the urban electorate backed the Congress candidates in over 1,400 wards in various municipalities and city corporations.

In the last elections in 2001, the Congress won 2,322 wards followed by the BJP with 562 and Janata Dal-S (415).

State BJP spokesperson Suresh Kumar said compared to the last elections, the BJP had done well now.