Union Home Minister Amit Shah cast his vote for Gujarat local body polls at Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad today. His family members, including son and BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah, were also present at the polling office to cast their vote. Polling for municipal corporations in six major cities of Gujarat is currently underway. The elections for municipal corporation are happening in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. This is being seen as a test for Chief Minister Vijay Rupani as it may set the tone for the Assembly polls slated for next year.
UHM Amit Shah today expressed confidence that the people of the state will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Polling for municipal corporations in six major cities of Gujarat began today at 7 am. “Local body elections have started in Gujarat today. Corporation, Municipal Corporation elections have started from today…I am confident that today the people of Gujarat will cast their votes in large numbers and the family and they will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the BJP,” Shah says after casting his vote at Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad.
The elections in the state are scheduled to be held in two phases — on February 21 and February 28, the State Election Commission (SEC) said last month. The Polling is taking place for a total of 575 seats and 2,276 candidates.
The timing of voting has been scheduled between 7 am and 6 pm amid the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aam Aadmi Party has claimed it would be an effective alternative to the BJP and Congress, while Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is making its debut in the local bodies polls, having fielded 21 candidates in six wards of Ahmedabad. Around 32,000 policemen have been deployed for voting in 575 seats, with each ward having four corporators.
Earlier, the state election commission said that a total of 47,695 booths will be set up for the polls (municipal, district and taluka panchayats), of which over 6,000 have been marked sensitive. About 4.2 crore voters are eligible to vote for 574 corporators in six corporations, 2,720 representatives in 81 municipalities, and 9,049 representatives in district and taluka panchayats.
These polls were to be held in October-November last year but were pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak. The state election commissioner recently said that the elections would be conducted with strict adherence to all health protocols in place.
According to SEC, six municipalities scheduled to undergo polls today, while polling at 81 municipalities,31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will be held on February 28. The six municipalities include Ahmedabad ,Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.
The results for six municipal corporations will be declared on February 23, while results of 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats results are scheduled to be declared on March 2.