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Gandhinagar Election Result Highlights: Landslide victory for BJP in GMC, Okha; PM Modi expresses gratitude

Gandhinagar Municipal Election Result Highlights: Meanwhile, Congress snatched away the Bhanvad municipality from BJP in Devbhumi Dwarka, where mid-term elections were held.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, New Delhi |
Updated: October 5, 2021 8:22:21 pm
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GMC elections Highlights: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a landslide victory in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections, held Sunday, by winning 41 out of 44 seats on Tuesday. The Congress, on the other hand, was able to bag only two seats, while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won one.

In the Okha nagarpalika elections, too, BJP recorded a resounding victory, winning 34 out of the 36 seats.

PM Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude towards the people of Gujarat for BJP’s victory in the civic polls, stating that the results “reaffirm the deep-rooted bond between the people of Gujarat and BJP.”

Meanwhile, Congress snatched away the Bhanvad municipality from BJP in Devbhumi Dwarka, where mid-term elections were held. Congress won 16 out of 24 seats, while BJP only got eight.

The Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC) authorities had said the polling in GMC remained largely peaceful without any untoward incident. According to estimated figures of the SEC, the polling witnessed around 56.24 per cent voter turnout.

Elections to the two nagarpalikas–Tharad in Banaskantha and Okha in Devbhumi Dwarka–and mid-term elections to Bhanvad nagarpalika in Devbhumi Dwarka witnessed an estimated average of 59.52 per cent voting.

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Gandhinagar Election Result Highlights: Landslide victory for BJP, bags 41 out of 44 seats; Congress wins 2 seats, AAP one; 56 per cent polling was recorded; 162 candidates were in fray for 44 seats across 11 wards.

20:20 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP makes major dent in Congress belt

The BJP has made a major dent in the Congress belt in the Tapi district, winning six taluka panchayat seats and a district panchayat seat in the bypolls. Out of the six taluka panchayat seats, in three seats -- Karanajvel (District Panchayat), Balpur (Vyara Taluka Panchayat) and Kherwada (Songadh taluka Panchayat) -- majority of the voters were Christian. Earlier, these three seats were with Congress.

Similarly, in other seats, Kedkui (Vyara Taluka Panchayat), Ghat (Vyara Taluka Panchayat), Bedarapiura (Dolvan Taluka Panchayat), Shale (Nizar taluka Panchayat), where the BJP candidates won, the ratio of Christian community is around 50 per cent, according to political experts. 

19:22 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Congress loses 11 Pandva-1 taluka panchayat seat to BJP

In a setback to the Congress party, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has won the 11 Pandva-1 taluka panchayat seat of Balasinor Taluka Panchayat in Mahisagar district in the bypolls held on September 3.

The seat, which was originally won by Congress' Madhu Amarsinh Chauhan in February 2021, had been vacated due to her demise.

BJP candidate Champa Chauhan was declared a winner in the bypolls on Tuesday. Congress' defeat is a major embarrassment for sitting party MLA Ajitsinh Parvatsinh Chauhan from Balasinor, who is a native of Pandva.

19:17 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP retains 17-Poicha taluka panchayat seat

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has retained its 17-Poicha taluka panchayat seat of Savli Taluka Panchayat in Vadodara district with party candidate Sejal Gohil winning by a margin of 989 votes, securing 1963 votes. Congress candidate Chatur Gohil polled 974 votes while 15 votes were polled for the NOTA option.

The BJP had won the General cateogory seat reserved for a woman candidate in the February polls, but the seat was vacated due to the demise of the elected representative Meena Gohil, who had contracted Covid-19 and thereafter, succumbed in May.

The 17-Poicha taluka seat has traditionally been a BJP bastion, with the party having won the 2015 local body polls from here.

Picture of Sejal Gohil, BJP candidate from 17-Poicha seat of Vadodara district's Savli Taluka Panchayat, with BJP MLA Ketan Inamdar (in white).
19:12 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP retains Raipura taluka panchayat seat

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has retained its Raipura taluka panchayat seat of Vadodara Taluka Panchayat with party candidate Arjun Solanki winning by a margin of eight votes. Congress candidate Mahendra Solanki demanded recounting of the votes but the Returning officer declared Arjun Solanki the winner.

The BJP had won the General Category seat of the Vadodara taluka Panchayat in February this year with Jayanti Gordhan Parmar as the candidate. The seat was vacated due to Parmar's demise.

Later, in the evening, Congress candidate Mahendra Solanki accepted the people's mandate. Mahendra said, "Last time, in February, we had lost the seat by 900 votes. In this bypoll, the margin has been reduced to eight votes. I thank the voters and accept the mandate. We will work harder in the coming days."

17:51 (IST)05 Oct 2021
'Historic win', says Amit Shah

Taking to Twitter, BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah called BJP's victory in the civic polls a "historic win." "I am sure that under the guidance of PM Modi, the Gujarat government will continue to work for the welfare and development of the poor, backward and deprived sections of the state," Shah added.

17:30 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Poll results reaffirm deep-rooted bond between people of Gujarat and BJP: PM Modi

Expressing gratitude towards the people of Gujarat for BJP's victory in the civic polls, PM Modi stated that the results "reaffirm the deep-rooted bond between the people of Gujarat and BJP."

17:26 (IST)05 Oct 2021
PM Modi reposed trust in me, will meet people's expectations: CM Bhupendra Patel

Speaking to reporters following BJP's win in the GMC polls, CM Bhupendra Patel stated, "PM Modi has reposed trust in me. I express my gratitude to the people for the BJP's victory in Gandhinagar and local bodies in other parts of Gujarat and my team and I will work in coordination with the party chief to meet their expectations."

16:41 (IST)05 Oct 2021
JP Nadda congratulates CM Bhupendra Patel over BJP's victory

Following BJP's victory in Gandhinagar's civic polls, the BJP National President congratulated Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and state party president, CR Paatil.

16:39 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Results show people's faith in PM Modi: JP Nadda

BJP National President JP Nadda tweeted that the party's victory in the GMC polls shows people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and BJP's policies for their welfare.

15:42 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP retains Okha municipality

BJP retained the Okha municipality in Devbhumi Dwarka, winning 34 out of the 36 seats.

In the last election, BJP had won 20 seats and Congress 16.

15:40 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Congress snatches away Bhanvad municipality from BJP

Congress snatched away Bhanvad municipality from BJP in Devbhumi Dwarka, after winning 16 out of the 24 seats. BJP got only eight seats.

The midterm poll was conducted after a BJP rebel group, which had seized control of the civic body, failed to pass the annual budget twice.

14:50 (IST)05 Oct 2021
We have lost but proud of party workers' hard work: AAP state president

Speaking to reporters after winning one seat in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections, the AAP state President, Gopal Italia, said, "For BJP and Congress, Aam Aadmi Party has lost the Gandhinagar civic polls but for me, I am proud of my party workers’ hard work and for presenting themselves as a strong opposition. On one hand was a power-hungry party and on other hand we just had our passion."

13:59 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Final result: Landslide victory for BJP, bags 41 out of 44 seats

The  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 41 out of 44 seats in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections. The Congress was able to bag only two seats, while AAP won only one.

13:43 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Gujarat BJP President C R Paatil: BJP has won 41 seats, People showed full faith in PM Modi

Addressing party workers, Gujarat BJP President C R Paatil said that out of 44 seats of GMC, BJP has won 41 seats and the results have shown that people of Gujarat have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Paatil also said that the results have once again proved that there is no space for third party in Gujarat.

13:38 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Counting of votes underway for 2 seats

Six candidates of BJP win six seats in Ward Number 1 of Randheja and Ward Number 2 of Pethapur. Counting of votes underway for one seat each in Ward number 1 and 2.

13:37 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Latest update: BJP wins 39 seats, Congress 2, AAP 1

Updated GMC count :
BJP: 39
Congress: 2
Aap: 1 

Two seats are left for counting. It has been finished at 42 seats.

12:46 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP wins 29 seats

BJP wins three seats in Ward Number 8 (Ambapur Sargasan) of GMC. Counting of one more seat in progress of this ward. It has one General seat, one reserved SC, one reserved OBC woman and one reserved female seat. 

Updated count BJP: 29, Congress: 1, AAP:1

12:31 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP candidate Madhuben Gamit defeats Congress candidate in Karanjwel

In Tapi district panchayat's Karanjwel seat, BJP candidate Madhuben Gamit won defeating Congress candidate. The seat traditionally belonged to congress party.Congress MLA Punaji Gamit is resident of Karanjwel.

12:28 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BJP wins three seats in ward number 6, 4th seat won by AAP

BJP wins three seats in ward number 6 (Mahatma Mandir) of GMC. The fourth seat was won by AAP candidate. In this ward number 6, two are general seats and two are reserved General women seats. 

Total count:

BJP: 26

Cong: 1

AAP: 1

12:26 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Just In: Tushar Parikh of Aam Aadmi Party wins one seat
Tushar Parikh

Tushar Parikh of Aam Aadmi Party wins one seat in ward number 6 of Mahatma Mandir in GMC. Opens party’s count in GMC polls.

Total count of GMC Polls:
BJP: 25
Congress : 1
AAP: 1

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In the previous GMC elections, the BJP and the Congress were tied with each party winning 16 of the total 32 seats. But within days, in a stunning move, Congress councillor Pravin Patel and one of his associates defected to the BJP, paving the way for the latter to form the body in GMC. Patel then became the Gandhinagar mayor.

Later, following the new delimitation, the total number of seats in GMC was increased to 44. Elections to GMC were due in April this year. However, it was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Being the state capital where a significant number of residents are government employees, GMC elections assume significance. This was also the first major election after newly-appointed Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel took charge.

Along with GMC and other general and mid-term elections, the SEC also conducted by-elections to two seats of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and one in Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC). Similarly, it also held by-elections for some vacant seats of various nagarpalikas, taluka panchayats and district panchayats. The three seats of AMC and JMC witnessed a lower voter turnout of 27.20 per cent.

Bye-elections to some vacant seats of various nagarpalikas, taluka panchayats and district panchayats were also held Sunday.

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