The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has wrested Silvassa from Congress in the municipal corporation polls by winning 11 seats. The Congress, which was ruling Silvassa for 10 years, has bagged only four seats. The elections for the 15-member Silvassa municipal corporation in the Union Territory were held Sunday and the counting held Tuesday. Out of 67,000 registered voters over 51,000 voters, or 75 per cent, had cast their franchise in 87 booths. The highest voting of 84.39 percent was recorded in Ward no 3 while the lowest voting of 67.45 percent was recorded in Ward no. 6, the election officials said.
The counting of votes commenced Tuesday at 9 am and the results were declared at 11:40 am. Forty-four candidates, including 14 Independents, had contested the polls. Both BJP and Congress had contested from all 15 seats. However, the Congress had fielded four sitting corporators and new faces for the remaining 11 seats.
After the results were announced, the BJP leaders started victory celebrations by bursting fire crackers and danced to the tunes of music. The BJP winners took out rallies in their respective wards and thanked the voters. BJP MP Natubhai Patel felicitated all the winners by garlanding them. Congress had snatched the power from BJP in the Silvassa District Panchayat elections held in last October 2015. Mohan Delkar of Congress led the poll campaigning. During the last two elections he had fielded his sister Chandanben Delkar and she was also made mayor of Silvassa.
BJP had fielded mayoral candidate Rakesh Chauhan from Ward no 10 and he turned out victorious.
Talking to The Indian Express Rakesh Chauhan said, “We are thankful to the people of Silvassa who had elected majority of the BJP candidates and given us chance to run the municipal corporation. For the last ten years, Congress was ruling the municipal corporation, but they had failed to provide basic facilities like proper road, drinking water, electricity, and drainage, etc. Now, we will try to provide the best facilities to the people of Silvassa. Our Silvassa is also included in the top 100 smart citites list of the Central government. We have our BJP MP Natu Patel with us and we will work together for the development of Silvassa.”
Congress leader Mohan Delkar said, “We accept the decision given by the voters of Silvassa and we will see where we have gone wrong and try to rectify our mistakes so that in future we will perform well.”