Gujarat election result 2015: Cong terms its performance as ‘verdict against BJP govt’

Gujarat civic election results 2015: Counting of votes for the crucial local bodies polls in Gujarat, a litmus test for the ruling BJP against the backdrop of Patel quota agitation, is under way.

Written by Leena Misra , Aditi Raja | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2015 10:19:19 pm
Gujarat polls, Gujarat civic polls, Gujarat election results 2015, Gujarat polls counting, Gujarat poll results, Gujarat elections, Local elections Gujarat, Gujarat vote counting, Vote counting Gujarat, Gujarat news, elections news Congress candidates celebrate after winning four seats in Ward 1 of Vadodara Municipal Corporation. (Source: Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)

The opposition Congress is making a serious comeback in Gujarat, even though the ruling BJP is winning most of the municipal corporations in the state in the civic body elections for which counting is being held today. The crucial local bodies polls is being considered a litmus test for the ruling BJP against the backdrop of Patel quota agitation.

The elections, being seen as a challenge for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as they are also the first major polls in the state after she took over from Narendra Modi.

The Congress is hoping to cash in on resentment of the Patel community against BJP. All six municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Bhavnagar — are controlled by the BJP.
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Highlights FROM GUJARAT:

7:30 pm: Vadodara Corporation counting for 76 seats complete. BJP 58, INC 14, RSP 4

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6:20 pm: The local bodies polls are being seen as a crucial test of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s popularity as these are the first major elections after Modi moved over to Delhi on becoming the Prime Minister.

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6:00 pm: The Congress termed its performance as “verdict against BJP government”.

5:55 pm:

5:40 pm: BJP retains Khambhat prant of Taluka Panchayat seats in Anand district.

5:30 pm: BJP loses Anand prant of the 8 Taluka Panchayat seats in Anand District.

5:10 pm: Congress wins Anand Taluka Panchayat. Total:196; INC 129; BJP 63; OTH 4

5:00 pm: ANAND Municipality counting last round. So far: BJP 26, INC 21, OTH 3.

4:50 pm:

4:40 pm:

4:30 pm: Vadodara Taluka Panchayat Total 36; INC 22, BJP 13, OTH 1

4:10 pm: Vadodara District Panchayat total 176; INC 94, BJP 72, JDU 1, OTH 8.

4:02 pm: Congress wins majority in Vadodara District & Panchayat polls.

4:00 pm: JDU wins Jhagadia Taluka & District Panchayats in Bharuch tribal belt.

3:52 pm: Congress sweeps Chhota Udepur District Panchayat (32) INC 21 , BJP 10, OTH 1

3:50 pm:

3:45 pm:

3:40 pm: BJP retains Botad municipality but loses elsewhere in entire district.

3:30 pm: Imran Khedawala, who contested independently from Jamalpur after being denied a Cong ticket, wins by 19 votes.

3:09 pm:

BJP candidates celebrate after winning four seats in Ward 17 of Vadodara Municipal Corporation Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana 02-12-2015 Gujarat Election result 2015: BJP candidates celebrate after winning four seats in Ward 17 of Vadodara Municipal Corporation. (Source: Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)

2:53 pm:

2:52 pm:

2:50 pm: 

2:45 pm: Congress wins all 6 taluka panchayats in Jamnagar district. The worst defeat for BJP comes in Kalavad, home to BJP Gujarat chief RC Faldu where Congress notched 14 of the total 16 seats. BJP got only 2 seats.

2:30 pm: 

In district panchayats so far:

Vadodara: BJP 10; Cong 20
Dahod: BJP 15; Cong 16
Chhota Udepur: BJP 7; Cong 17, OTH 1

1:20 pm: Here are some results from other areas:

1:15 pm: BJP wins lone Porbandar municipality in the district

1:00 pm: Results in the district and taluk panchayats have seen the Congress effectively making a comeback to rural Gujarat

12:25 pm: There seems to be a Patidar effect in Morbi. Congress sweeps Morbi district panchayat and four of the five taluk panchayats. It wins Morbi, Tankara Wankaner and Maliya-Miyana taluka panchayats. BJP manages win in Wankaner municipality.

12:15 pm: Info from our reporter in Gujarat

11:50 am: BIG update! Congress has snatched the Rajkot district panchayat from the BJP

11:30 am: In Amreli municipality, Congress leading in 11 seats, BJP in 5 seats

11:20 am: Results in Narmada taluka panchayat

Dediapada: BJP 3, JDU 2, Cong 0
Garudeshwar: BJP 3, Cong 1
Netrang: JDU 14

11:15 am: Vadodara Municipal Corporation, so far: BJP 11, Congress 10. Both parties leading in 2 seats each

11:00 am: District panchayat results so far: In Anand, BJP leading in 1, Congress in 6 seats

In Chhote Udepur, BJP in 2, Congress in 4 seats. Same is the picture in Vadodara

10:45 am: BJP leads in 5 Municipal Corporations – Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar. Congress leads Surat

10:42 am: Congress wins 4 seats in Ward 16 of Vadodara Municipal Corporation. So far: BJP 1, Congress 4

10:40 am: Anand – BJP wins two taluka panchayat seats 13Tarapur-3 & 12Tarapur-2. Congress wins one with Tarapur-1

10:28 am: Congress wins Dhoraji and Jamkandorana seats in Rajkot district panchayat. These are home territories of BJP strongman Vitthal Radadiya

10:25 am: Congress bags three out of four seats in BMC ward 1. BJP wins Kadodara Taluk panchayat in Surat district

10:23 am: Big update – Incumbent Bhavnagar mayor Babu Solanki loses.

10:22 am: Congress wins 5 seats in Vinchhiya taluka panchayat. Counting in the rest of the 13 seats in progress.

10.20 am: Among 115 seats in Surat corporation, Congress leads in 32 seats and BJP in 20. Congress wins Asodar district panchayat in Anand.

10.17 am: in Vadodara municipal corporation, BJP leading in 16 wards, Congress in 8.

10.15 am: Counting begins for six miunicipal corporation, 31 district panchayats, 56 municipalities and 230 taluk panchayats .

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