The ruling BJP is ahead in early trends as counting of votes for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies in Gujarat is underway on Tuesday. The six municipal corporations that went to the polls on Sunday are Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. All these civic bodies are currently being ruled by the BJP.
AHMEDABAD: The ruling BJP is ahead in early trends as counting of votes for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies in Gujarat is underway on Tuesday. The six municipal corporations that went to the polls on Sunday are Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. All these civic bodies are currently being ruled by the BJP.
The counting of votes began at 9 AM under the watchful eyes of the Election Commission. Polling in six civic bodies – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – was held on Sunday. All these civic bodies are being currently ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
« Designated staff would begin the counting of votes from 9 AM on Tuesday at various counting centres in these six cities. People can watch live updates on our website, » said MV Joshi, secretary, State Election Commission had said on Monday. The State Election Commission (SEC) has said an average 46.08 per cent turnout was registered during voting which was held between 7 AM and 6 PM on Sunday.
Ahmedabad recorded the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, while Jamnagar saw the highest turnout of 53.38 per cent, followed by 50.72 per cent in Rajkot, 49.46 per cent in Bhavnagar, 47.84 per cent in Vadodara and 47.14 per cent in Surat. Of the total 1.14 crore voters registered in these major cities of Gujarat, 52.83 lakh had cast their ballots, the SEC said in a release. Elections to 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats are scheduled on February 28.
Congress is leading in Dariapur & Chandkheda wards and AIMIM is leading in Behrampura; BJP is leading in 58 seats & Congress in 8 seats, as per latest trends.
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Ahmedabad: Votes polled during Gujarat local body elections to be counted from 9 am today pic.twitter.com/F6JPsnhVWL
Counting of votes for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – has begun under the watchful eyes of the Election Commission.
Nine candidates are also in the fray for by-elections to two seats in the Junagadh Municipal Corporation.
After the results are announced today, elections to 31 district and 231 taluka panchayats and 81 municipalities will be held on 28 February.
A total of 2,276 candidates, comprising 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties, and 228 Independents, contested the local body elections in Gujarat.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has also made its debut in the Gujarat local bodies polls and fielded 21 candidates in six wards of Ahmedabad.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed it would be an effective alternative to the BJP and Congress.
During the poll campaign, the BJP played the « development » card, while Congress, which has been out of power in these local bodies for a long time now, cited the « lack of amenities » and the recent fuel price hike to turn the tide.
The main contest is between the BJP, which has ruled the six corporations for last several terms, and the main Opposition Congress.
The civic body elections are being seen as a test for the Rupani government as it may set the tone for the Assembly polls slated for next year.
Top leaders of the BJP, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP MP Kirit Solanki, party MLA Rakesh Shah and Gujarat party chief CR Paatil, had cast their votes on Sunday. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani also cast his vote in Rajkot, hours after testing negative for COVID-19.
The six municipal corporations that went to polls on Sunday are – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.
Polling for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies was held on February 21.
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