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Highlights:

  • The Congress failed to build momentum for the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation election
  • The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress fought on all 44 seats
  • AAP has been able to cut in on the traditional vote bank of the Congress

The Congress failed to build momentum in the ongoing counting of votes for the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) election, as reported by local media. On Sunday, people used their franchise to vote from 162 candidates in the fray across 11 wards of the GMC. Following the arrival of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the election this time became three-pronged.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress fought on all 44 seats, while AAP lodged candidates in 40 seats. Besides GMC, elections were also conducted in Okha, Bhanvad, and Thara municipalities. Altogether, 205 candidates were in the fray, involving 78 from BJP, 72 from Congress, 52 from AAP among others.

Votes were also cast for the by-elections to seats vacated in some municipal corporations, municipalities, as well as districts and taluka panchayats. As per local media, trends for 124 seats are available in which the BJP is leading on 95 while congress has gained 24. Reportedly, the BJP has won 19 seats and wards 1,5,7,9 and 10 in Gandhinagar. The Congress bagged only one seat.

The newspaper noted that AAP has been able to cut in on the traditional vote bank of Congress. Now, it runs second followed by the BJP. In Ahmedabad, the BJP candidate Maulik Patel has won from Ishanpur ward.

This is the first major election being conducted after Bhupendra Patel took over as the chief minister of Gujarat. This election appears to be a litmus test for the BJP’s sudden decision to change the entire government, as it had recorded a thumping win in the local body polls that took place in February.

The BJP, with Rupani as the chief minister, had claimed six municipal corporations, municipalities, and a majority of districts and taluka panchayats. Earlier, the state election commission rescheduled the election, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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