Gujarat- The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday won big in the civic body polls in Gujarat. Carrying on the winning momentum gained during the Gujarat Legislative Assembly Elections last year, the BJP on Monday bagged 47 out of the 75 municipalities in the state that went to polls on Saturday (February 17). Voting was held in 74 municipalities as the BJP had won the Jafrabad municipality unopposed. By-elections in seven seats of other six municipalities were also held on Saturday. Voting also took place in two district panchayats, 17 talukas, and 1400 village panchayats.
The 75 municipalities are spread across 28 districts of Gujarat and polling was held for a total number of 2116 seats, while the total number of wards in these municipalities are 529.
While the BJP won the majority of the municipalities that went to polls, it registered a decline compared to its performance in the last local body elections. The BJP’s tally is down to 47 from the 59 municipalities won last time.
On the other hand, the Congress improved its tally marginally, winning 16 municipalities this time compared to the 13 it had won in 2013.
“In today’s 75 municipalities elections results, BJP has won 47, Congress has won 16, NCP 1 and BSP 1, (in) 6 no one got majority and independents got 4,” the state’s election commissioner, Varesh Sinha, was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
In the Gujarat Assembly Elections held late last year, the BJP won 99 seats but fell way short of its targeted 150-plus seats. The Congress, on the other hand, secured 77 seats in the Assembly improving upon its previous tally.