Gujarat civic polls which were completed just recently has announced the results. The currently ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — has reported a victory in 1,967 urban constituencies and 735 district panchayat constituencies.
Congress followed as second with a win in 356 urban constituencies and 157 district panchayat seats. The polling happened on Sunday with municipalities accounting for a voter turnout of 58.82%. District panchayats had 65.80% showing and 66% for taluka panchayats.
The BJP emerged with a win by a landslide in the six municipal corporation polls of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar. The Aam Aadmi Party made progress in Surat by winning 27 seats.
According to the State Election Commission, there are a total of 8,474 seats across 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat. From these 237 seats are unopposed. No form was filled for two seats in taluka panchayat. Therefore, elections were held on a total of 8,235 seats, it said.
For 8,235 seats, the BJP handled 8,161 candidates, Congress 7,778, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 2,090, among others, said the SEC. Excluding the traditional rivalry of BJP and Congress, AAP and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM were also in the competition for local body polls in Gujarat this time.