Despite the recent farmer agitation in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed candidates managed to corner maximum 25 out of the 43 posts of president in the state local body elections.

The results for the civic polls held on August 11 were announced by the state Election Commission on Wednesday evening.

As per the final tally, the opposition Congress-backed candidates won at 15 places, while Independent candidates tasted victory at three places.

The results were celebrated by the victorious candidates until late night.

Madhya Pradesh BJP President Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said this victory was the result of the hard work put in by party workers.

State Congress President Arun Yadav said his party had performed better this time but added that the results are not as per their expectation. He also accused the party in power of misusing the state machinery.

Over eight lakh voters exercised their franchise in the polls.