Special Correspondent

Four Janata Dal (S) candidates voted in favour of BJP This is the first time the panchayat is being headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party

MANGALORE: Elections to the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat were influenced by the political developments in Bangalore. Congress candidate Yashwanth Alva who had 18 votes was poised to be elected President. However, four members of the Janata Dal (Secular) voted in favour of the BJP after learning about the developments in Bangalore. The BJP, which had only 15 votes initially, was able to win the president's post with 19 votes.

The vice-president's post went to the Janata Dal (Secular). Gokuldas Shetty is the President and his deputy is Shriyala B. Hegde. This is the first time that the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat is being ruled by a BJP president. District president of the BJP Pratap Simha Nayak said Janata Dal (S) and BJP followed developments in Bangalore to capture power at the taluk panchayat.