Counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar — of Gujarat is underway amid heavy security and strict COVID-19 protocols.
As per the latest data, the BJP is appearing on course to retain power in six municipal corporations, winning 451 of the total 575 seats. While Congress has won 44 of the declared seats so far, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a new entrant in these elections, made impressive inroads by winning 19 seats so far.
All these bodies are currently governed by the BJP. While the BJP has an upper hand in elections to urban local bodies, this time, several senior and multiple-term corporators were denied tickets, leading to disquiet in the party. With Assembly elections due next year, these elections will provide an indicator of the voters’ mood.