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Gujarat firmly with BJP, tweets PM Modi as party sweeps local body elections | Top Points

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again displayed a spectacular performance in the local body polls in the state by winning a clear majority in all 31 district panchayats as well as in 196 out of 231 taluka panchayats and 74 out of 81 municipalities.

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New Delhi Updated on: March 02, 2021 23:46 IST
BJP's stellar performance in Gujarat local body polls.
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BJP's stellar performance in Gujarat local body polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again displayed a spectacular performance in the local body polls in the state by winning a clear majority in all 31 district panchayats as well as in 196 out of 231 taluka panchayats and 74 out of 81 municipalities. Thanking the people of Gujarat for showing affection towards BJP, PM Modi said results across the state give a crystal clear message that Gujarat is firmly with the BJP.

"Results of the Nagar Palika, Taluka Panchayat and District Panchayat polls across Gujarat give a crystal clear message that Gujarat is firmly with the BJP's agenda of development and good governance. I bow to the people of Gujarat for the unwavering faith and affection towards BJP," PM Modi Tweeted.

Gujarat local body poll results | Top Points

  • The ruling BJP recorded a massive victory in the local body polls in Gujarat on Tuesday by winning clear majority in all 31 district panchayats as well as in 196 out of 231 taluka panchayats and 74 out of 81 municipalities.

  • The Congress, the main opposition party in the state, won a clear majority in only one municipality and 18 taluka panchayats, while AIMIM and AAP also made their presence felt.

  • In six municipalities and 15 taluka panchayats no party has got clear majority.

  • The BJP's success followed its victory in all six municipal corporations where polls were held in the first phase of local elections on February 21.

  • In the second phase where polling was held for district and taluka panchayats as well as municipalities on February 28, the BJP again left the Congress far behind by winning 6,236 out of 8,470 seats for which results were declared.

  • The position was not yet clear on four remaining seats.

  • The Congress could win 1,805 seats, while the new entrants Aam Aadmi Paty (AAP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won 42 and 17 seats, respectively.

  • Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM won nine seats in Modasa municipality in Aravalli district, one in Bharuch, and seven in Godhra in Panchmahal.

  • The AAP won 31 seats in taluka panchayat, two in district panchayat and nine in municipality bodies.

  • With the BJP emerging stronger in rural and semi-urban areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the results show that Gujarat remains firmly with the saffron party's agenda of development and good governance.

  • "I bow to the people of Gujarat for the unwavering faith and affection towards BJP," Modi said in a tweet.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that the people in rural parts of Gujarat and farmers have made the BJP victorious and put a seal of trust on the welfare policies of the government.

  • He congratulated Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state BJP President CR Paatil as well as party workers for the "grand victory".

  • Chief minister Rupani said the Congress is a sinking ship that is not fit for even being an opposition.

  • "The manner in which the people of Gujarat have wiped out the Congress shows that Gujarat remains the stronghold of the BJP," he told reporters.

  • The results of local body polls come as a boost for chief minister Rupani ahead of 2022 Assembly elections. Questions had been raised about his leadership when the BJP scraped through in the 2017 Assembly polls.

  • Following the party's debacle, Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda and leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani sent their resignations to the party leadership.

  • "Taking the responsibility of the election results as state Congress chief, I have submitted my resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi," Chavda told reporters, adding that he would work as a common party worker from now on.

  • There was an average of around 64 per cent polling in the local body elections held on Sunday. Voting for 8,473 seats in the municipalities, 980 seats in district panchayats and 4,773 seats in taluka panchayats took place across 36,008 booths.

  • As per the figures provided by the State Election Commission (SEC), there was 58.82 percent voter turnout across 81 municipalities, 65.80 per cent in 31 district panchayats, and 66.60 per cent in 231 taluka panchayats.

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  • There are total 8,474 seats across the three local bodies. Candidates in 237 seats remain unopposed, the State Election Commission (SEC) said.
  • Bye-elections were also held for two seats in taluka panchayats and 24 seats in municipalities.
  • More than 58,000 poll and security personnel are involved in the counting being conducted at 542 centres in Gujarat, the SEC said.

(With inputs from PTI, IANS)

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