The ruling BJP in Gujarat has continued its winning streak, leading in the elections to six municipal corporations, results of which are being announced on Tuesday.
Even as the final results are yet to be out, the ruling BJP is set to continue to rule the six civic bodies in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
The opposition Congress’s performance has declined compared with the last elections that were held five years ago. In Ahmedabad and Vadodara, key Congress leaders have lost their seats.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took to social media to congratulate the party workers and thank the electorate.
Elections to municipalities, talukas and district panchayats are to be held on February 28.
Congress had feared that results of the municipal corporations would influence the voting pattern in the February 28 elections. It had moved the Gujarat High Court and the Supreme Court seeking that results of all elections be declared on the same day. However, its petitions were rejected.
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While the Congress is considered largely responsible for its own defeat, the Aam Aadmi Party and AIMIM—that put up candidates on several seats—played a major role in eating into the Congress votes.
In fact, AAP has won eight seats in Surat and opened its account at the time of filing this report. The victory has come in Patidar-dominated areas.
The AIMIM spoiled the prospects of Congress candidates in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.