February 13, 2021 10:33:24 pm
The BJP on Saturday claimed that its 26 candidates for the local body elections were elected unopposed.
Suspecting foul-play in these 26 seats, the Congress has ordered an internal probe. Saturdays is the last day for filing nominations for the elections to municipalities, district panchayats and taluka panchayats that will be held on February 28.
According to BJP, of the 26 candidates, 17 were elected unopposed in taluka panchayats which include seats in Olpad, Choriyasi (both in Surat district), Daskroi (Ahmedabad), Bhuj (Kutch), Junagadh, Umrada (Bhavnagar), Limbdi, Vadhwan, Dhangadra and Thangad (Surendranagar district).
In the Thangad taluka panchayat of Surendranagar district, BJP candidates were elected unopposed in five seats.
Similarly for the polls for municipalities, seven BJP candidates where elected unopposed. This includes two candidates in Bhuj (Kutch district) and five in Dhrangadhra municipality of Surendranagar district, BJP sources said.
BJP state chief C R Paatil, congratulating the “winners”, said the party had achieved “gram swarajya to sthanik surajya (self-governance in villages to good governance in local governments)” adding how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had always insisted on samras gram panchayat (co-opted village panchayats).
In the district panchayats, two BJP candidates won in seats of Surendranagar and Junagadh district panchayats. When asked about the BJP candidates’ “unopposed victory” in these seats, Congress party spokesperson Manish Doshi said, “We are inquiring into these incidents at the party level. We are not sure if it was the mischief of some of our partymen who did not turn up for filing their nominations or if they acted under pressure from someone. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”
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