The results of elections in six municipal corporations in Gujarat were announced on Tuesday. Out of the total 575 seats, BJP won 482 seats and Congress could manage just 55 seats.
As far as Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is concerned, the Congress has failed to maintain its old record in the civic elections. The century-old party has failed to save even half the seats this time compared to the last election. Despite this, the tug of war has started for the position of leader of the opposition.
Congress won 25 seats in AMC
In the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the BJP unilaterally won 159 of the total 192 seats in the 48 wards of the city. For the first time, AIMIM contesting elections in Gujarat got 7 seats and Congress managed just 25 seats. An Independent candidate has also won the election.
In this election, the BJP has wrested many seats occupied by Congress in 2015.
Despite winning just 25 seats, Congress leaders who have somehow secured victory in the civic polls are fighting among themselves to become the leader of opposition in AMC.
Former leader of opposition Kamalaben Chavda, who was elected for the 5th consecutive term by a very small margin from Behrampura ward, is also one of the contenders. However, before her name could be discussed, the party is facing opposition from elected candidates.
The protesting Congress corporators believe that 25 corporators have been elected, but a new and highly educated corporator should be given a chance to become the leader of the opposition. For the position of leader of the opposition, corporators are trying to lobby for their leaders.
The Congress candidates winning the poll, including senior leaders Iqbal Sheikh, Kamalaben Chavda, Shahzad Khan Pathan and Rajashri Kesari, are being considered contenders for the post. Apart from this, Nirav Bakshi elected from Dariyapur is also in the fray for the position.
Notably, former leader of opposition Dinesh Sharma has lost the election from Chandkheda ward.
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