Lakshmi Patel: Even as Ahmedabad gears up for the civic body polls, the last 2015 elections for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had seen one ward elect three corporators.
In all the AMC has 48 wards and four corporators are elected from each ward. This means in all the AMC has 192 seats. In the 2015 elections, Viratnagar was the only ward where three women- two from the BJP and one from the Congress- had won. It was the only ward to have this record. The fourth seat in the ward was won by a Congress male candidate. Of the total 192 seats in AMC, women had won 97 seats.
About AMC elections in 2015
The 2015 AMC elections were held after the new delimitation came into being and 50% of seats were reserved for women. Of the total seats, 96 were reserved for women. Before 2015, only 33% of the seats were reserved for women. Thanks to the reservation, the number of women corporators being elected saw a surge.
But Viratnagar was the only ward to elect three women corporators. Gita Patel of the Congress, Chandravati Chauhan, and Meena Panchal of the BJP had won from the seat in 2015. The fourth seat went to Congress’ Ranjeet Barad. Interestingly, it was the Congress’ woman candidate who had the highest number of votes among all candidates in the seat. Gita Patel had polled over 19,000 votes.
The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for municipal corporations including the AMC. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.
In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organised for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.
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