Gujarat’s ruling BJP on Monday retained power in most of the 75 municipalities in 22 districts where polling was held last week. However, its overall strength declined and the opposition Congress chalked up several gains, IANS reported.
From 59 municipalities it controlled in 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party could secure only 44 civic bodies while the Congress’ performance shot up dramatically capturing 22 nagarpalikas from six earlier.
This was largely in keeping with the electoral mood in BJP’s bastion of Gujarat ever since the assembly elections. The share of the ruling party, which had bagged 117 seats in the 182-member assembly in 2012, dipped to below 100 — at 99 seats.
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