In the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation elections, the BJP has wowed the flag. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won 41 out of the total 44 seats in the corporation. After this victory, the reaction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also come to the fore. PM Modi tweeted that the results of Gujarat and Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation elections show that there is an old relationship between the people of Gujarat and the BJP. In his tweet, PM Modi has tied the head of this bumper victory of BJP to the people of Gujarat and thanked them.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday retained its power in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) and won two other civic bodies, while the Congress wrested Bhanvad municipality in Devbhoomi-Dwarka district from the saffron party. In the GMC, the BJP had taken the lead since the counting of votes began at 9 am and finally defeated the rivals Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by a huge margin.
The GMC election was being seen as a test for the BJP after the state suddenly changed the entire cabinet, including the chief minister, ahead of next year’s assembly elections. The party had also won the local body elections held in February this year. According to the final figures released by the State Election Commissioner (SEC), out of the total 44 seats in GMC, BJP has won 41 seats, Congress two and AAP one.
Counting of votes was also held for three other municipalities – Okha and Bhanvad in Devbhoomi-Dwarka district and Thara municipality in Banaskantha district. According to the final figures released by the SEC after the counting of votes, the BJP has won 20 of the 24 seats in Thara while the Congress has won four. On the other hand, the BJP retained its power by winning 34 out of 36 seats in Okha Municipality, while the remaining two seats went to the Congress.
The BJP, however, suffered a setback in Bhanwad where the Congress won 16 out of 24 seats and the saffron party got only eight seats. Bhanwad was occupied by BJP since 1995. Voting for the GMC and three other municipalities took place on Sunday. Besides, by-elections to elect representatives to 104 vacant seats of various other local bodies were also held on the same day.
Out of the total 2.8 lakh registered voters in Gandhinagar, 56.24 per cent had exercised their franchise. Okha and Bhanwad recorded 55.07 and 62.27 per cent polling, respectively, while 73.55 per cent votes were cast in Thara. In Gandhinagar, apart from the traditional rivals BJP and Congress, the AAP had also put in a lot of pressure. A total of 161 candidates contested the GMC elections. BJP and Congress contested all 44 seats and AAP on 40 seats.
In the 2016 GMC elections, out of 32 seats at that time, both the Congress and the BJP won 16 each. Then both the parties had equal chances of forming the board through a draw but at the last minute, Congress councilor Praveen Patel switched sides and helped the BJP to come to power in the civic body. The elections were to be held in April this year, but were postponed in view of more cases of Kovid-19.