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Civic body polls: More Congress leaders, workers desert party

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The announcement of civic body polls in Gujarat has led to another outgo of leaders from Congress to the BJP ahead of the elections.

Earlier the Bharuch Congress suffered a major jolt when the local leader Kaushik Patel along with his 300 supporters joined the BJP. Earlier a similar thing happened with the Ankleshwar unit of the Congress.

Harshad Patel, head of the local unit in Bayad in Aravalli district of the Congress also joined BJP with his supporters. He was angry with the top state leadership over the treatment meted out to him.

Reports of a split in Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani’s stronghold Amreli is also being reported. The former taluka panchayat head and four other members of the panchayat have joined the BJP. A director of the Dhari yard and sarpanches of three villages all of whom were with the Congress have joined the BJP.

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The civic body elections this year will also see participation from AAP, AIMIM, and BTP among others.

Civic body polls in Gujarat

The local body elections or civic body polls in Gujarat are scheduled to be held in two phases. In the first phase of the civic body elections on February 21, polls will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the same will be declared on February 23. The last date for filling candidature is February 6 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination in the civic body polls is February 8.

The second phase of civic body polls will be held on February 28 and will cover nagarpalikas, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results of the same will be declared on March 2. The last date for filling candidature is February 13 while the last date for withdrawal is February 15.

Elections to six municipal corporations, including Ahmedabad, 55 municipalities, 31 district panchayats, and 231 taluka panchayats were supposed to be held in November 2019. The polls were postponed by three months given the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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