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Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: BJP to retain power across in all six municipal corporations

A total of 192 seats in Ahmedabad, 72 in Rajkot, 64 in Jamnagar, 52 in Bhavnagar, 76 in Vadodara and 120 in Surat were up for grabs in the elections. The AAP had fielded 470 candidates across the six corporations.

Celebrations outside a counting centre in Ahmedabad (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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.

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Gujarat Municipal Election Results 202: Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar have voted to elect new municipal corporations. Read highlights

12:36 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Positive campaigning, hard work fetched results for AAP, says Gopal Italia

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made an impressive performance in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), where it is set to become the main opposition party. Gujarat AAP president Gopal Italia said that his party’s positive and honest campaigning has fetched results, busting the illusion that there is no space for a third force in Gujarat politics.

Speaking with The Indian Express, Italia said, “Our strategy was just positive campaigning. Instead of crticising existing political parties and their leaders, we spoke about the works done by our party where it is in power (Delhi). We spoke about works that we intend to do if voted to power… So, people got faith in us that these people are here to do something instead of just mudslinging.”

12:04 (IST)24 Feb 2021
BJP wins VMC for fifth time in a row; Cong wins 7 seats

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP retained a consecutive fifth term in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Tuesday, winning 69 of the 76 seats that went to the polls on February 21. The BJP swept 16 of the 19 election wards winning all four seats in the panel, while Congress retained its panel in Ward 1. The Congress, however, was reduced to seven– half its strength of 14 in 2015.

Among the 69 winners of the BJP were two 22-year-olds — both first-time contestants and youngest in the city — Bhoomika Rana and Shrirang Ayare, while Congress heavyweight and six-term corporator Chirag Zaveri suffered a setback in Ward 18 by a narrow margin of 700 votes.

10:58 (IST)24 Feb 2021
AIMIM wins 7 seats in debut poll, BJP retains Ahmedabad

In its first election in Gujarat, Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) managed to win seven seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) polls, results of which were declared on Tuesday.

The ruling BJP increased its tally from 142 to 159, while Congress’s seat tally was reduced by half — from 50 to 25 — compared to the last civic body polls.

The AIMIM won the entire panel of four seats in Congress bastion Jamalpur and it also wrested three seats in Maktampura ward.

10:11 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Aam Aadmi Party emerges second in Surat after BJP, no seats for Congress

Surat voters proved themselves outliers yet again as they not only brought the BJP back, but decimated the Congress and brought in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to second the position in the elections to the Surat Municipal Corporation.

In the results to the 120 seats across 30 wards, declared on Tuesday, BJP won 93 and AAP got 27 seats, with Congress unable get a single seat– a fall from the 36 seats it won in the 2015 civic body polls . Taking responsibility of the defeat, Surat city Congress president Babu Rayka resigned from the post.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who congratulated the people of Gujarat for on Twitter for “the beginning of a new politics”, is expected to arrive in Surat to participate in a victory rally on February 26.

05:19 (IST)24 Feb 2021
BJP romps home with 68 out of 72 seats in Rajkot

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) romped home in Rajkot by almost doubling its number of seats to 68 out of total 72 seats in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) and retained power in the biggest civic body of Saurashtra on Tuesday, reducing the Congress tally to four seats. The saffron party retained power in Jamnagar and Bhavnagar as well. Read more

05:18 (IST)24 Feb 2021
BJP wins VMC for fifth time in a row; Cong wins 7 seats

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP retained a consecutive fifth term in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Tuesday, winning 69 of the 76 seats that went to the polls on February 21. The BJP swept 16 of the 19 election wards winning all four seats in the panel, while Congress retained its panel in Ward 1. The Congress, however, was reduced to seven– half its strength of 14 in 2015. Read more

00:34 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Positive campaigning, hard work fetched results for AAP, says Gopal Italia

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made an impressive performance in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), where it is set to become the main opposition party. Gujarat AAP president Gopal Italia said that his party’s positive and honest campaigning has fetched results, busting the illusion that there is no space for a third force in Gujarat politics. Read more here

22:42 (IST)23 Feb 2021
‘Blast victims didn’t get justice’: Owaisi campaigns for Modasa municipality polls

Referring to the 2008 bomb blast case in Modasa that had claimed seven lives, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that people should vote for his party in the upcoming Modasa municipality elections in order to “reply to the oppressors”.

Owaisi was campaigning for AIMIM’s 12 candidates who will be contesting from three wards in Modasa municipality elections scheduled to be held on February 28. Read more

19:59 (IST)23 Feb 2021
AAP shines in Surat, AIMIM toehold in Ahmedabad

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power in all six municipal corporations results of which were declared on Monday, the Delhi-based Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that contested in Gujarat for first time, won 27 seats, all in Surat Municipal Corporation with the Congress not getting a single of the 120 seats in the city where it had gained ground in 2015. The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen which contested 21 seats in AMC won seven capturing them from Congress. Read full report here.

19:09 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Heartening to see widespread support, says PM Modi 

"Today’s win across Gujarat is very special. For a party that is serving in a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy. It is heartening to see widespread support from all sections of society, particularly the youth of Gujarat towards BJP," PM Modi said in a tweet.

19:07 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Appreciate efforts of ever party worker: PM Modi

Reacting to the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "I would like to appreciate the efforts of each and every Karyakarta of Gujarat BJP, who reached out to people and elaborated on our Party’s vision for the state." 

"The Gujarat government’s pro-people policies have positively impacted the entire state," he added.

19:06 (IST)23 Feb 2021
"Grateful to the people of the state": PM Narendra Modi on poll results

"Results of municipal elections across the state clearly show the unwavering faith people have towards politics of development and good governance," PM Narendra Modi said on the civic poll results. "Grateful to the people of the state for trusting BJP yet again," he added.

18:53 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Gujarat Municipal Election Results: Here are the latest numbers

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.

18:44 (IST)23 Feb 2021
BJP crosses 400-mark

The BJP is appearing on course to retain power in six municipal corporations, winning 409 of the 474 seats where results were declared till evening, PTI reported. Polling for 576 seats in Ahmedabad and five other civic corporations was held on February 21. The counting of votes began on Tuesday morning and is still underway.

17:38 (IST)23 Feb 2021
BJP retains power in Jamnagar

BJP has retained power in Jamnagar by winning 50 out of 64 seats of the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation and reducing Congress to just 11 seats. The BSP has won the remaining three seats. Back in 2015, BJP had won 38 seats and Congress 24 seats.

17:36 (IST)23 Feb 2021
More updates from Rajkot seat

*The BJP has retained its power in Rajkot after the party won 52 out of 72 seats. Meanwhile, Congress has managed to win only 4 seats so far.

*In the 2015 election, BJP had won 38 seats and Congress 34 seats.

*Saving grace for Congress so far has been the victory of Leader of Opposition Vashram Sagathiya and three other fellow Congress candidates from Ward No.15 of Rajkot Municipal Corporation.

*Former leader of opposition and senior Congress corporator Atul Rajani also lost election from Ward No.2 of Rajkot Municipal Corporation.

17:06 (IST)23 Feb 2021
BJP retains power in Rajkot 

The BJP has retained its power in Rajkot after the party won 52 out of 72 seats. The Congress has managed to win only 4 seats so far.

15:29 (IST)23 Feb 2021
BJP retains Ahmedabad's Khadia ward

The BJP on Tuesday won Ahmedabad's Khadia ward– a saffron bastion since 1972. The party had replaced all the four sitting councillors with an entirely new panel of candidates. 

15:13 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Victory celebration announced at BJP's Ahmedabad office

Gujarat BJP has announced a public function to celebrate its victory in the municipal corporation elections at its Ahmedabad party office in the evening. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and Gujarat BJP party chief C R Patil will be present.

14:45 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Gujarat Municipal Election Results: BJP one seat away from retaining power in Jamnagar

In all, BJP has so far won 24 seats out of 72 in Rajkot, 32 out of 64 in Jamnagar and 15 out of 52 seats in Bhavanagar. Congress tally is nil, six and five respectively. BJP now needs just one more seat to retain power in Jamnagar.

A woman leaves a voting centre in Naranpura, Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Voting for general elections to six municipal corporations in the state – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – saw a tardy pace and low turnout on Sunday.

As per the official website of the Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC), the six municipal corporations reported an average 43% voting. State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said that polling has finished peacefully without any major untoward incident.

Ahmedabad saw the lowest voters’ turnout at 39.54% while Jamnagar witnessed the highest turnout of 52.49%. Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara and Surat, Jamnagar registers highest turnout, Ahmedabad lowest witnessed 47.27%, 46.67%, 45.48% and 45.09% voting respectively.

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