Gujarat: BJP loses power in Mehsana municipality, councillors return to Congress

The Congress stayed in power for about a year. Last year, 10 Congress councillors “switched’’ over to BJP with their leader Raiben Patel continuing as municpality’s president after defecting from the Congress.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: January 9, 2018 3:28 am
BJP, BJP hindus, India Hindus comment, Vikram Saini, BJP MLA, Muslims, Muslims in India, india news, Indian express news In the November 2015 municipal polls, the Congress had won 29 of the 44 seats, and BJP 15.

After securing victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections, the BJP suffered a major jolt on Monday when it lost political power in Mehsana municipality.

The development took place after 10 Congress councillors, who had deserted the party a year ago and joined hands with BJP, returned to the Congress on Monday. The renegade Congress councillors and BJP shared power in the municipality with the turncoat councillor Raiben Patel as president of the municipality and BJP’s Kaushik Vyas as chairman of the municipality’s standing committee.

In the November 2015 municipal polls, the Congress had won 29 of the 44 seats, and BJP 15. The Congress stayed in power for about a year. Last year, 10 Congress councillors “switched’’ over to BJP with their leader Raiben Patel continuing as municpality’s president after defecting from the Congress.

The development is considered politically important as BJP MLA and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel won with a huge margin from Mehsana Assembly seat last month. Patel dismissed the development as “insignificant’’ saying that “the renegade Congress councillors had never joined the BJP”.

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  1. Sri Krishna
    Jan 10, 2018 at 10:50 am
    बीजों पी ने इन्हें क्यों लिया था । अगर चले गये तो कया हो गया। पार्टी बदलने से कल्चर नहीं बदलती है ।
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    1. rajesh desai
      Jan 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm
      It was expected as they were defectors and not loyal soldiers of BJP . It’s not a defeat and was never a win , what is in fact is the defeat of the people they had voted them in office and these goons change their loyalties for development as well for money . First they changed for progress and now it’s seen definitely for money as somewhere the change was to be seen and where it can be other than with defectors ? Easy way for everybody.. with progress apna jeb bharo
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      1. Mayank Sharma
        Jan 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm
        Slow and steady upto 2019, but it seems like the beginning of the end of Modi raj. Unless he fulfils his promise of 2 crore jobs, Art 370, UCC , removing caste based reservation etc I hardly see many of my conservative colleagues voting for him. Better for BJP to project Yogi as PM candidate than Modi and capitalise on all Hindu votes.
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        1. rajesh desai
          Jan 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm
          Mayank , our fore fathers had seen enough of bloodshed at least now on look forward to a stable progressive and strong nation . Not all the time progress is a job of the leaders it’s of individuals also , with the zeal he has got the Gujrat to a level is with the same zeal he wants to propel rest of the huge country. You have an example and he having a well disciplined organisation why we have to think in negative ? We might have taken some jerks on the way because of the kind of roads the previous government had already made . So chill I bet you will have a wonderful country back in operation when we step in 2019-20! With all the impurities removes once for all . Jai Hind
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