Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) captured at least 49 of the 67 wards in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) that went to polls Wednesday, according to the results declared Thursday, official said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the main opposition Congress won four and one respectively and the independent candidates granbbed 12 wards, a senior official of the state election commission told.

“The credit for the good show goes to chief minister Naveen Patnaik. People are happy with the development and welfare activities carried out by the government led by him,” a senior BJD leader said.

“The poll results definitely will have an impact in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections,” he added.

The ruling party had earlier proved its popularity in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls in coastal and southern Odisha that went on poll on September 19 last year and had captured at least 44 of the 66 ULBs. Similarly, the party had also put up an impressive show and had captured 15 of 20 municipalities and notified area councils (NACs) in the second phase of urban elections in western region of the State held on November 23 last year.

Source: IANS