Bengaluru: The BJP on Monday lost to the Congress and alliance partner Janata Dal Secular in the elections for Karnataka's urban local bodies. The election results were seen as a test for the coalition government which was formed in May.
"The BJP should have won more seats but we could not perform the way we wanted to because of the Congress-JD(S) coalition," BJP state unit President BS Yeddyurappa said.
Yeddyurappa said the party is confident of winning a majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. "People's mandate is with the BJP and we are confident of a majority in the next year's general election," he added.
The polling was held in 2,529 wards, spread over 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities and 23 town panchayats, and in 135 wards of three city corporations of the state.
The civic election was earlier scheduled to be held in 105 urban local bodies. However, polling in three areas was postponed due to the onset of heavy rains and subsequent flash floods in Kodagu district.
(With inputs from ANI)