Ahmedabad: The counting of votes for 575 seats in Gujarat’s six municipal corporations— Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar— is currently underway since 9 am in the morning under heavy security and strict COVID-19 protocols.
As per reports, the BJP is emerging victorious among other contesting parties and has, so far, managed to secure big wins in all six civic bodies. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in its civic polls debut in the state, has hindered Congress’ growth in Rajkot. The BSP, meanwhile, has emerged victorious in three seats.
As per the State Election Commission (SEC), Congress has won 18 seats, while AAP has won four seats so far.
The elections were held in six municipal corporations out of eight municipal corporations of Gujarat on 21 February. Elections in Gandhinagar and Junagadh were not held as the five-year terms are yet to conclude there, however, polls for two vacant seats of the Junagadh corporation had underwent on Sunday.
Total wards across six civic bodies which went to voting on February 21
The election had registered an average 46.08 per cent turnout where Ahmedabad had recorded the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, while Jamnagar saw the highest turnout of 53.38 per cent, followed by 50.72 per cent in Rajkot, 49.46 per cent in Bhavnagar, 47.84 per cent in Vadodara and 47.14 per cent in Surat.
While, all these bodies are currently governed by the BJP as it won the last civic body polls, this time, several senior and multiple-term corporators were disgruntled over being denied tickets. The denial of tickets was based on conditions set by the BJP parliamentary board disqualifying three categories of contestants– (1) those over the age of 60, (2) members of the families of party functionaries, and (3) those who have completed three terms.
Apart from BJP and Congress, AAP contested the elections for the first time, meanwhile, members of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM also contested on some seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation as Independents. With Assembly elections due next year, these elections will provide an indicator of the voters’ mood.