The BJP on Tuesday emerged victorious in all the six municipal corporations that went to polls in Gujarat. Elections were held for the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Bhavnagar on February 21. In Ahmedabad, BJP won a seat in Naranpura ward uncontested.
BJP won 483 of the 575 seats, while Congress won 55, AAP 27, AIMIM 7, BSP 3, and one seat went to an independent. The AAP and the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) were contesting for the first time in Gujarat and the former won 27 seats in Surat while the latter won seven in Ahmedabad.
The AAP has now emerged as the main opposition in the Surat Municipal Corporation.
The BJP held a grand celebration at its respective offices in all six corporations. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani thanked the party workers and also the voters for their confidence in the party. “The government will do everything in its power for the development of the six municipal corporations,” Rupani added.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal also thanked the voters and said it was the onset of a new kind of politics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked the voters.
Voter turnout in polls
In all voting was held for 575 seats of 144 wards of the six municipal corporations. The average voter turnout was 46% with Jamnagar recording the highest at 53.38% and Ahmedabad the lowest at 42.51%.
In 2015, BJP had won 142 out of the 192 seats in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Congress had won 49 seats. In Surat, BJP had won 80 seats while Congress got 22.
In Vadodara in 2015, BJP had 58 seats and Congress 14. In Rajkot, BJP had 38 seats and Congress 34 in the 2015 elections.
In Jamnagar of the total 64 seats, BJP had 38 seats and Congress got two while in Bhavnagar BJP had won 34 of the total 52 seats while Congress pocketed 18.
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