The last day of filling up nomination forms for the civic body polls in the district panchayat and nagarpalikas on Saturday saw a tussle between various parties and within parties including Congress.
In Bahucharaji, a clash was reported between two groups within the Congress. The fight was reported from the Lalji Desai group and the local MLA Bharat Thakor. Thakor was attacked after he allegedly tore the mandate.
There was some issue over the mandate given to one Gita Desai and Ashok Desai. Lalji Desai’s supporters clashed with Thakor’s supporters over the mandate that was allegedly taken from the candidate and torn.
The polls for Mehsana Zilla Panchayat’s 42 seats and Visnagar, Vijapur, Unjha, Vadnagar, Satlasan, Mehsana, Bahucharaji, Jothana, and Kadi taluka panchayat’s 216 seats will see elections on February 28.
Civic body polls
The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for 6 municipal corporations. including Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.
In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organized for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.
The Congress has seen a slew of resignations and severe infighting after the names of candidates for the civic body polls were announced. Earlier Congress lost a seat even before the election could begin when the party’s candidate in Naranpura withdrew the candidature for the AMC polls.
Congress leader Harshaba Jadeja resigned from the party after being not given a ticket for the Rajkot Municipal Corporation elections. Jadeja and her supporters then joined the BJP. Congress Ward no 14 candidate Vijay Jani for the RMC elections also withdrew his candidature.
Jamalpur MLA Imran Khedawala had also resigned from the party although GPCC president Amit Chavda did not accept the resignation. He later withdrew it.
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