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Gujarat Gram Panchayat Election Results 2021 Live: Results of 6,481 village panchayats out, counting going on elsewhere

🔴 Gujarat Local Body Election 2021 Results, 2021 Gujarat Gram Panchayat Election Results Live Updates: Candidates in panchayat elections stand individually and not on party tickets, though they may be affiliated to political parties otherwise.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad |
Updated: December 22, 2021 1:57:46 pm
Jayesh Boghra Jayesh Boghra, who was elected chairman of Rajkot Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) early this month, was elected sarpanch of Ramnagar village in Rajkot district. (Express photo)

Gujarat Panchayat Election Results 2021 Live: The State Election Commission had by Tuesday night declared the results of 6,481 out of 8,686 village panchayats in Gujarat. The elections had been held two days ago.

Candidates in panchayat elections stand individually and not on party tickets, though they may be affiliated to political parties otherwise.

The State Election Commission said the final voter turnout for the polls was 78.30 per cent with over 1.42 crore out of around 1.81 crore eligible voters exercising their franchise. A total of 27,200 candidates are in the fray for sarpanch’s posts and 1,19,998 are in the fray for members’ posts in over 47,000 panchayat wards. According to the SEC, in 1,165 village panchayats and 9,613 wards elections took place unopposed.

Another 473 panchayat bodies and 27,479 wards remained “partially uncontested.” In these polls, each voter was required to cast two votes, one to elect sarpanch and another for electing panchayat member from his or her ward.

The election is seen as the last major test for political parties before the next year’s Assembly elections.

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13:12 (IST)22 Dec 2021
BJP MLA's wife defeated in village panchayat election in Morbi

In a major upset, Jashuben Sabariya, wife of BJP MLA Parsottam Sabariya lost election to the village panchayat of Trajpar in Mobri district, late on Tuesday evening.

Polling for Trajpar village panchayat election was conducted on Sunday and the main contest for the office of the village sarpanch was between 59-year-old Jasbhuben, the incumbent sarpanch and her challenger Jayantibhai Varaniya. In the results declared late on Tuesday evening after counting of votes, 45-year-old Varaniya was declared winner. He polled 228 votes more than Jashuben.

Not only that, candidates fielded by Varaniya won 11 out of 16 seats of village panchayat members. 

11:50 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Woman defeats mother-in-law in to become village panchayat sarpanch in Gir Somnath

In an electoral battle that had caught the attention of many, a woman defeated her mother-in-law in the race to the office of sarpanch of Delwada village in Gir Somnath district late on Tuesday evening.

Polling for the election to the village panchayat of Delwada, a village of Gir Somnath’s Una taluka, was conducted on Sunday. The main contest for the post of village sarpanch was between Pooja Bambhaniya and her mother-in-law Jiviben Bambhaniya. Interestingly, Jivben’s son and Pooja’s husband Vijay is the outgoing sarpanch, having served two terms in the office. Vijay, now a BJP worker, had won the 2011 election to Delwada village panchayat and had succeeded his mother who was elected sarpanch in 2006.

Pooja Bambhaniya and her husband Vijay after her victory in village panchayat election. (Express photo by Bipin Bamania)

Counting of votes was undertaken on Tuesday and in the results announced late Tuesday night, Pooja emerged victorious. Not only that, her panel of candidates won all the 16 electoral wards in the village panchayat, thus making her rival, mother-in-law Jiviben’s route complete. (Read more)

11:28 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Currency notes recovered from ballot box in Vadodara

As results came in, a clash broke out between the supporters of winning and defeated candidates at Hinglot village in Bharuch district. Security was increased at the village following the incident, police said.

Currency notes wrapped in a ballot paper were recovered from a ballot box in Vadodara district.

On one seat, a candidate received only one vote, suggesting that he could not manage to get the votes of even his family members. (PTI)

22:18 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Mumbai model Aeshra Patel loses to sitting sarpanch in Kavitha village

Mumbai model Aeshra Patel, who contested the sarpanch elections from her native village of Kavitha in Sankheda taluka of Chhota Udepur district, lost to sitting deputy sarpanch Jyoti Solanki. While Solanki got 539 votes, Aeshra polled 440.

20:35 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Results of 5,331 gram panchayats declared till 6 pm

Out of the 8,686 gram panchayats, results of 5,331 were declared till 6 pm.

20:33 (IST)21 Dec 2021
In case of tie, winners for Sarpanch's post decided by picking chits

The winners to the post of Sarpanch were decided by way of picking chits in two villages in Mehmadabad taluka of Kheda district, which witnessed a tie. In Aamsaran village, Amrat Chauhan was declared the winner after being tied with a co-contestant at 727 votes. In Jamaipura village, Savita Solanki was declared a winner after being tied at 212 votes with a co-contestant. In both cases, the returning officer picked chits to declare the winner.

In Meethana Muvada village of Galteshwar taluka of Kheda district, Sonal Rathod won the sarpanch post by a difference of one vote while in Jalannagar of Thasra taluka, contestant Kaushik Parmar won the post of Sarpanch by one vote, amassing 424 votes. The village ballots were recounted five times but Parmar emerged the winner on all five counts.

In Sheri village of Mahuda taluka of the district, Daksha Chauhan was declared the winner of the post of sarpanch by a margin of two votes. In Silodna village of Nadiad taluka, Kanu Chauhan became sarpanch by six votes and Jayanti Rathod of Vasai village in Matar taluka won by a slim margin of seven votes.

20:32 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Hanumanpura village gets woman sarpanch

Hanumanpura village in Waghodia taluka of Vadodara district elected a woman sarpanch, who is a chemical engineer by profession. Niyati Patel of Hanumanpura is a first-time contestant. Following her win, Patel said in a statement, "People have entrusted me with the task of working for the village. I will not give them a chance to complain."

In Bakrol village of Waghodia taluka, there was a tie between two contestants at 401 votes each, which meant that the returning officer picked a chit to decide a winner. Kanu Nayka was declared the winner. Meanwhile, in Talsat village of Vadodara taluka, a five-term Sarpanch, Sukhdev Thakor, faced defeat as co-contestant Navneet Thakor won the polls by a sizeable margin.

Padra taluka's Medhad village witnessed a close finish between two contestants for the post of Sarpanch, with Sandeep Patel winning by a margin of five votes. The slim margin led other contestants to demand a recounting, which was granted. However, even in the recounting, Sandeep Patel won by five votes and the result was declared as final.

20:28 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Candidate from Valsad district gets one vote, says 'even family members didn't vote for me'

A candidate for village panchayat from ward no. 5 in Valsad district got a single vote in the election.

Santosh Halpati, a resident of Chharwada village in Vapi taluka of Valsad district, had for the first time taken part in the election and filed a nomination form for the post of a member from ward number 5.  On Tuesday, Halpati, started crying while coming out from the counting centre.

He said, “I am not crying since I have lost. Polls come and go. But I got one vote which means even my 12 family members didn’t vote for me. I hope that my wife Pooja had voted for me.”

18:01 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Jayesh Boghra celebrates after being elected sarpanch of Ramnagar village

Jayesh Boghra celebrates after being elected sarpanch of Ramnagar village in Rajkot district. (Express photos)

17:08 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Two seats tied in village in Navsari district

In Navsari district village panchayat elections, there was a tie on two seats. This was for the post of sarpanch in Vansi village and for village panchayat member in Pathri village in the district.

In the first incident, a tie was found between two candidates, Sumitra Halpati and Nitisha Halpati. Both of them got 32 votes each in the Pathri village panchayat election member election from ward no. 8. The election department officials drew chits in which Sumitraben Halpati had been declared a winner.

Similarly, for the Sarpanch seat of Vansi village in Jalalpore taluka of Navsari district, both the candidates, Bharat Patel and Bharti Patel, got 176 votes. The election department officials had, through chits, declared Bharat Patel as a winner.

15:25 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Jayesh Boghra had narrow win over his rival Vallabh Virani

In the counting of votes held Tuesday, 40-year-old Jayesh Boghra narrowly defeated his rival Vallabh Virani. While Boghra polled 166 votes, Virani garnered 150 votes. Thus, Boghra won the race to the office of village sarpanch by a margin of 16 votes. Candidates of Boghra’s panel prevailed on all eight seats of members of village panchayat. Read more

14:58 (IST)21 Dec 2021
In photos: people celebrate results of panchayat polls
14:51 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Mother-in-law, daughter-in-law contest for sarpanch post in Gir Somnath

In the election to panchayat of Delvada village in Gir Somnath district, Pooja Bamania is pitched against her mother-in-law Jiviben Bamania in the race for the post of sarpanch. 

In the counting so far, two candidates of Pooja's panel have won two wards of that village panchayat. 

Jiviben's son and Pooja's husband Vijay Bamania, a BJP worker, is the outgoing sarpanch of Delvada village

14:23 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Counting centre gets a unique visitor

In an unusual incident, a snake entered into the counting center at Jhagadia village.

The officials were shocked, and they immediately vacated the room and reached a safe place. All the windows and doors of the room were locked.

An official called snake charmer Sunil Sharma, who reached the spot immediately and caught the snake. Later, the vote-counting resumed. 

14:21 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Dramatic scenes reported from counting centres in Narmada, Jhagadia

Ashmitaben Vasava, the wife of Vasudev Vasava, who contested for sarpanch seat from Chitrada gram panchayat in Narmada, collapsed on the ground at the counting centre, after her husband lost the election by merely 10 votes. 

Ashmita Vasava was rushed to the nearby hospital where her condition is reported stable, said election branch officials of the district. 

In a separate incident in Jarsad village gram panchayat election in Jhagadia taluka, a candidate for Gram panchayat member collapsed on the ground after he lost the elections. The candidate Rajesh Vasava was taken to nearby health centre for treatment where his condition was reported to be stable, said the election branch official of Jhagadia. 

14:17 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Chit to decide winner of tie

Vadodara district witnessed a tie between two sarpanch candidates in Bakrol village of Waghodia taluka when Kanu Nayka and Shailesh Nayka bagged 401 votes each. The returning officer decided the winner by way of picking a chit. Kanu Nayka was declared Sarpanch.

13:40 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Results trickle in

Jayesh Boghra, who was elected chairman of Rajkot Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) early this month, has been elected as sarpanch of his native village Ramnagar in Rajkot district.

He succeeds his wife Payal in the village panchayat post. 

13:39 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Details from Vadodara

Counting of votes for the elections were conducted at 8 places in Vadodara district. Here, as much as 80.16 per cent polling took place in 260 gram panchayats. 

Counting is taking place at 136 tables in 27 halls at 8 locations. The process involves 668 staff, 464 police staff, 65 health workers, 164 helpers. Counting is being held in Vadodara, Padra, Karjan, Shinor, Dabhoi, Waghodia, Savli and Desar talukas.

10:03 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Broader impact of panchayat polls

The election is seen as the last major test for political parties ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in December next year.

A gram panchayat election is fought by a candidate in his personal capacity and not on party symbols, though they remain affiliated to one party or another. In gram panchayat polls, each person is required to cast two votes, one to elect the sarpanch and another for electing panchayat member for his ward. 

10:02 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Polling largely peaceful

Polling had concluded peacefully on Sunday, barring allegations of rigging of votes at a polling booth in Gandhinagar, and a clash between candidates at a polling booth in Surendranagar district.

In Rajkot, a constable thrashed a voter after he insisted on taking the mobile phone inside the polling booth. The man was detained, and the incident was captured on camera. (PTI)

Ahead of poll year, over 8,600 gram panchayats in Gujarat to go to polls

Around 8,690 gram panchayats in the state will go to polls to elect their Sarpanch and over 48500 ward members on Sunday as campaigning ended Friday. Around 1.82 crore voters are expected to cast their votes through ballot papers across around 23,100 polling booths, and the results will be announced on December 21. The elections include general elections, mid-term elections, and by-elections.

Although, gram panchayat elections are not fought on party symbols, it is considered significant ahead of the next year’s Assembly elections.

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