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After Bypoll Victories, BJP Sweeps Maharashtra And Gujarat Civil Polls

70% polling in Maha municipal council polls Maharashtra Municipal Elections 2016: BJP emerges clear winner, Congress & NCP lose big in Phase I
Elettra Stolfi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:59

Out of 123 total seats in the polls, BJP won 107 while Congress only got 16. In the Vapi nagarpalika polls, BJP won 41 seats out of 44, while the Congress won 3.

In Malwan, Congress leader Narayan Rane received setback as Shiv Sena candidate Mahesh Kandalgaonkar won municipal council president's post. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also said that results of local body polls in Gujarat and Maharashtra have shown that people of the country are supporting the government on the demonetization issue. The elections were seen as a litmus test for the Devendra Fadnavis" government and are being viewed as "mini' Assembly elections.

In Maharashtra, the BJP seat tally went up from 396 in the 2011 civic polls to 851, the Congress Party's tally went down from 1,111 to less than 700, according to local reports.

The Congress had won 12 of the 22 seats in the Gondal taluka panchayat elections last November.

Elections were held for 3,705 seats spread over the 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats, of which results have been announced for the 3,510 seats so far. Out of the total four seats of district panchayats, both parties bagged two each.

Similarly, BJP made a near clean sweep in the polls to Kanakpur-Kansad municipality of Surat, where it captured 27 out of 28 seats, leaving only one to Congress.

"I salute people of Gujarat for continued trust in BJP. I will analyse what went wrong and what led people to give this verdict", Pankaja said.

Despite of Patidars' aggressive campaign on demand for quota benefits against BJP, this poll results seems to surprising and overwhelming.

"We accept our defeat".

Modi also praised Fadnavis and state BJP president Rao Saheb Danve for their efforts in ensuring the party's victory. The election to two seats were cancelled due to legal issues, while a BJP candidate was declared uncontested.

Talking about the party's performance, Fadnavis said, "We won due to the blessings of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the people of Maharashtra".

BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said that this is a vote for demonetisation decision of the BJP and negative approach of the Congress to oppose the anti-black money move. We will introspect on these results.

Elections are being held for 212 civic bodies, including municipal councils and Panchayats, in four rounds.

Going into details, Patil said the BJP did well in Karad and Islampur in western Maharashtra, strongholds of former C M Prithviraj chavan and NCP leader Jayant Patil respectively. Many political observers even thought that the reportedly forced resignation of Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse would seriously hurt the chances of the party's fortunes in the local body elections.

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