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January 2, 2016

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1.The Congress on Thursday dealt a severe jolt to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning seven of the 11 local bodies, elections to which were held on Monday.

2.While the BJP, in power in Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years, could win just four Nagar Panchayats; the Congress bagged four Nagar Palika (municipalities) and three Nagar Panchayat (city councils).

3.In Baikunthpur, Congress’s Ashok Jaiswal defeated BJP’s Shailesh Shivhar by more than 1,000 votes for the post of Mayor. Here the Congress returns to office after 12 years.

4.In Shivpur Charcha, Congress’s Ajit Lakda defeated BJP’s Rajesh Singh by 700 votes. In Rajnandgaon, Congress’s Mira Chopra won the Khairagarh Palika presidentship, defeating BJP’s Preeti Tamrakar by 900 votes.