The BJP has made considerable gains in the early leads in Gujarat municipal corporation elections, the counting for which is going on today. Notably, voting was completed for 576 seats across six municipal corporations on Sunday.
As per trends at 12 pm, the BJP is ahead in 236 seats and the Congress in 49 seats. The counting began at 9 am today.
Votes are being counted for 192 seats across 48 wards in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, 120 seats across 30 wards in the Surat Municipal Corporation, 76 seats across 19 wards of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, 72 seats across 18 wards in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, 52 seats across 13 wards in the Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation and 64 seats across 16 wards in the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation.
Status at 12 pm
The BJP is ahead in 80 seats in Ahmedabad while the Congress is leading in 15. In Bhavnagar, the BJP has gained in 20 seats and the Congress, seven. The BJP is ahead in 26 seats in Jamnagar and the Congress in 7. In Rajkot, the saffron party is leading in 30 seats and the Congress in eight.
In Surat, the BJP is leading in 45 seats to the Congress’s 10. And in Vadodara, the BJP is ahead in 30 seats while the Congress is leading in eight seats.
As per trends in Ahmedabad, BJP is leading in Jamjodhpur, Thaltej, Vastrapur, Asarwa, Saijpur, Nava Vadaj & Navrangpura wards, Congress leads in Dariapur & Chandkheda wards and AIMIM is leading in Behrampura.
Counting amid COVID-19 pandemic
In Ahmedabad, counting stations have been put up at Gujarat College, LD Engineering College, and Gujarati University. Security has been intensified to ensure that the counting of votes is a peaceful affair.
In Rajkot counting will take place in six places including Virbai Women’s College, SS Chaudhary High School, SV Virani High School, PD Malaviya College, and Ranchoddas Community hall.
In Surat, the fate of 484 candidates will be revealed during counting at two places. Jamnagar has 236 candidates in the fray and votes that were polled have been secured in four strongrooms. The counting will take place at Hariya College.
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