Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday swept elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat by winning 483 out of 576 seats
BJP party retained power in all the six municipal corporations in the state — Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
The polls had been held on February 21.#BJP wins 325, of total 575 seats. #Congress wins 36 seats #AamAadmiParty wins 8 seats. #BSP wins 3 seats and Independent 1 seat.
The main opposition Congress got a drubbing, as it won only 55 seats and failed even to open account in Surat.
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party put up an impressive show by winning 27 seats, all in Surat, and emerged as the main opposition in the Surat Municipal Corporation.
The AAP had for the first time fielded 470 candidates across all the six corporations.
BJP won 159 out of 192 seats in Ahmedabad, 68 out of 72 seats in Rajkot, 50 out of 64 seats in Jamnagar, 44 out of 52 seats in Bhavnagar, 69 out of 76 seats in Vadodara and 93 out of 120 seats in Surat.
The Congress, on the other hand, won seats in single digit in three corporations, and drew a blank in Surat.
The party won 25 seats in Ahmedabad, four in Rajkot, 11 in Jamnagar, eight in Bhavnagar and seven in Vadodara.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which also contested local body polls in Gujarat for the first time, won seven seats in Ahmedabad’s Muslim-dominated Jamalpur and Maktampura wards.
Three candidates of the Bahujan Samaj Party won in Jamnagar, while an independent candidate won only in Ahmedabad.
The BJP had won 389 seats and Congress 176 across these six municipal corporations in the 2016 elections.
The saffron party gained 94 seats while the Congress lost 121 seats this time.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of Gujarat and BJP workers for the victory.
Chief Minister Rupani took the opportunity to attack the Congress.
In his address to newly elected corporators and party workers in Ahmedabad, he said the voters “mercilessly thrashed” Congress, with many of its candidates losing their deposits and several leaders facing defeat.
“Its performance is so bad that even we feel bad about it,” he said, and added that the real picture will be seen in 2022 when the state Assembly elections will be held.
“(The term) Anti-incumbency is being used by our opponents, but the election has proved there is no such word in Gujarat. BJP follows the process of development, and is not affected by anti incumbency. People are with the BJP because of its work, and their trust in BJP increases day by day.
“We have established Gujarat as a BJP stronghold. It is just a fight, the real picture will be seen in 2022,” he said.
Elated by his party’s good showing in Surat, AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to hold a road show on February 26 to thank people of the city, party leaders said.