The BJP has established its hold in the Vadodara Metropolitan Planning Committee (VMPC) in the maiden elections. In the results declared on Tuesday, BJP was declared winner on all 30 seats for the committee, for which the elected representatives cast their votes on Monday.
The elections were always meant to be a cakewalk for the ruling party as it enjoys a majority in the General Board with 58 elected representatives. However, much to the party’s surprise, 11 BJP corporators found their votes cancelled as they had voted for more than 30 members.
Officials said that since it was the first election for the VMPC, corporators were “confused” about the people they should be voting for. “The process is new and some of them were unable to grasp the steps. They ended up casting more than 30 votes, which resulted in disqualification. Many BJP corporators have also cast wrong votes to other party leaders in confusion.”
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As many as 42 corporators from the BJP and Congress had filed their nominations to be members of the 30 posts in the committee.
Both the contestants and the voters were corporators themselves. Out of the total 76 elected representatives, 75 cast their vote on Monday as BJP’s Deepak Shrivastav remained absent on the voting day. A total of 46 votes from the BJP corporators were counted as valid.