Ahmedabad: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained power in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) winning 143 seats in the crucial election, termed as the litmus test for the party and Primei Minister Modi especially after its humiliating defeats first in Delhi and later in Bihar, according to the final results announced by the state election commission after counting of votes Wednesday.
The Congress on the other hand has won in 48 wards in the power battle of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), improving its tally by 10. The party had won 38 seats in the 2010 elections.
The election also saw an independent candidate winning on one seat.
Counting of votes for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) 2015 elections began exactly at 09:00 today morning amid tight security at Gujarat College campus.
Along with the counting of votes for the Ahmedabad civic body, counting of votes also began in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
Election to elect the new corporators for the 192-member Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) was held on November 26, 2015 along with Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar civic bodies.
The six municipal corporations registered only 45 per cent voter turn-out, but elsewhere it was over 60 per cent. The State Election Commission had made all the preparations for the counting at several places across the state, officials said.
The elections are being seen as a challenge for the BJP and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as they come after the Patel quota stir. These are also the first major elections in the state after Anandiben took over from Narendra Modi.
The Congress is hoping to make a comeback in the state, cashing in on resentment of the Patel community against the BJP. Patel leaders who are demanding inclusion in the Other Backward Classes or OBC quota had appealed the community members to vote against the BJP and for Congress ahead of the elections.
All the six municipal corporations - Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Bhavnagar - are at present controlled by the BJP. Most of the other local bodies in rural and semi-urban areas too are controlled by the BJP.
Meanwhile, the State Election Commission today conducted re-polling at a booth each in Dahod and Mahisagar districts.
"Some people had stormed into a booth in Ghodiya village of Zalod tehsil in Dahod and broke the EVM machine when polling was underway for district and taluka panchayats last Sunday. Similar incident took place in Nani Bhugedi village of Santrampur in Mahisagar. So we are conducting repolling today," said SEC secretary M V Joshi.
Ghodiya has 854 registered voters while Nani Bhugedi has 921 registered voters.