Gandhinagar: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has defeated the Congress Party in the Bharuch Nagarpalika elections, results of which were announced by the state election commission office after counting of votes on Wednesday.
Bharuch and Ankleshwar, two towns with sizeable Muslim population are considered as the stronghold of Ahmed Patel - senior Congress leader close to Sonia Gandhi.
Bharuch Nagar Seva Sadan comprises 14 election wards and 42 seats. In the 2010 Bharuch Municipality elections, BJP had won 30 seats, the Congress had won in 11 wards and one seat went to NCP.
As per the Election Commission update at 12:45 pm, out of total 4,778 wards of 230 Taluka or block panchayats, BJP is leading on 950 seats while the Congress is ahead on 850 seats. Out of the total 524 wards of 56 municipalities, BJP secured lead on 372 seats, Congress is ahead on 295 seats, others on 57. Of 31 district panchayat results for total 988 wards, BJP is leading on 106 seats, Congress is leading on 143 seats, others on 5.
Elsewhere in the state, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the 2015 municipal corporation elections in Rajkot and Bhavnagar, while maintaining clear leads in Ahmedabad, Surat, Jamnagar and Vadodara civic bodies, according to the results declared by the state election commissioner office at 02:00 pm.
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 27 wards while maintaining leads in 12 of the total 76 wards in Vadodara as against the Congress which has won in 13 wards and is leading in 03 wards, according to available trends at 02:00 pm.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 31 of the total 64 wards in Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) as against the Congress which is leading in just 17 wards, according to available trends at 02:00 pm.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 86 wards whereas the Congress is ahead of its rivals in as many as 35 wards in the power battle of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), according to the trends available at 12:30 pm.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 49 wards whereas the Congress is ahead of its rivals in as many as 35 wards in the power battle of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), according to the trends available at 12:30 pm.
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.
The General Board is the supreme body of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) constituted by elected members from each wards. Three members are elected from each ward hence the 38 wards makes a total of 114 councillors. One third of the seats are reserved for ladies. Its term is for a five year duration after which elections are held once again.
Election to elect the new corporators for the 114-member Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) was held on November 26, 2015 along with Ahemdabad 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.