Ahmedabad: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the 2015 municipal corporation elections in Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Jamnagar and Vadodara municipal corporations. The Congress on the other hand improved its tally and registered gains in many panchayats, according to the results declared by the state election commissioner office at 02:00 pm.
In the semi-urban and rural areas with a total of 31 district panchayats, the Congress won in 21 places and the BJP in 10. In 2010, the BJP had bagged 30 district panchayats and the Congress only one.
In Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) elections, the BJP has won the elections in 38 of the total 72 wards whereas the Congress could win in 34 wards, according to the final results declared by the state election commissioner office at 02:00 pm.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won elections in 34 of the total 52 wards in Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) as against the Congress which has won in 18 wards, according to the final results declared by the state election commissioner office at 02:00 pm.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won in 54 of the total 76 wards in Vadodara as against the Congress which has won in 14 wards and is leading in 03 wards, according to the state election commission.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won 38 of the total 64 wards in Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) as against the Congress which is leading in just 24 wards whereas 02 seats went to other parties, according to the state election commission.
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.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) once again after winning 76 seats in a house of 116 in the 2015 civic elections held on November 26, according to the final results announced by the state election commission after counting of votes Wednesday.
The BJP's tally of 76 is 22 seats less than the total 98 seats it had won in the 2010 civic elections.
The Congress has won in 36 wards of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), registering an improvement in its tally by a huge 22 seats. The Congress had won just 14 seats in the 2010 civic elections.
Surat Municipal Corporation is a local self government which came into being under the provisions of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Act, 1949 carries out all the obligatory & discretionary functions prescribed thereunder.
This was the first popularity test since Anandiben Patel took charge of Gujarat last year after then chief minister Narendra Modi shifted to Delhi as the prime minister.
It was also the first election in the state in the wake of Patel community protests demanding job and education quotas.
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 were 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 was 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 - were earlier controlled by the BJP. Most of the other local bodies in rural and semi-urban areas too were 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.