BJP Wins 47 Municipalities In Gujarat, Down From 59 in 2013

Gujarat municipality polls BJP wins 47 bodies

The BJP bagged 47 of the 75 municipalities in Gujarat on Monday while the Congress won 16.

In a turnaround, the BJP, which had lost had lost the Vadnagar seat in the assembly elections, today registered a thumping victory in municipality polls in the town. By-elections in seven seats of other six municipalities were also held on Saturday.

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The polling was also conducted for two district panchayats, 17 taluka panchayats and 1,400 village panchayats. Congress had won the last elections their elected members defected to the BJP, and the saffron party took control. Following the counting results, it Bharatiya Janata Party has claimed victory on 47 seats while Congress won only 16. The 75 state municipal corporations that went to polls saw a voter turnout of 64.4 per cent. The Congress, which is contesting local polls on its symbol, is hoping to retain its base in the aftermath of impressive performance in Assembly elections. BJP has been able to retain majority hold on municipalities since early 1990s.

After state BJP president and MLA Jitubhai Vaghani challenged the Congress to release details about the numbers of municipalities it has captured, the Congress released the list.

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In 2016, BJP had won two municipalities and one taluka panchayat along with majority seats of various other local bodies. It is part of Unjha Assembly constituency which had gone to Congress in the 2017 election. It is being seen as a blow to its newly-elected young legislative party leader Paresh Dhanani. The BJP won three out of the four municipalities. Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor said, "We have improved our tally substantially".

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