The BJP today took a big lead in Gujarat civic polls as votes were counted for elections to six municipal corporations including Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The polls are crucial for the ruling party as it is in power in these civic bodies.
Ahead of state elections in Gujarat next year, these results are seen to indicate what voters want.
Voting took place on Sunday in 576 seats across six municipal corporations.
In 2015, the BJP won 391 of these seats and the Congress ended up with 174.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), contesting the polls for the first time, may impact the Congress.
The BJP is ahead in 286 seats and the Congress in 42 in the latest leads. Votes are being counted for 192 seats across 48 wards in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, 120 seats across 30 wards in the Surat Municipal Corporation, 76 seats across 19 wards of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, 72 seats across 18 wards in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, 52 seats across 13 wards in the Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation and 64 seats across 16 wards in the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation.
The BJP is ahead in 81 seats in Ahmedabad while the Congress is leading in 16.
In Surat, the BJP has widened the gap, with gains in 56 seats to the Congress’s 8.
In Vadodara, the BJP is ahead in 27 seats while the Congress is leading in eight seats.
In Rajkot, the BJP leading in 48 seats while the Congress is yet to win any.
In Bhavnagar, the BJP has gained in 20 seats and the Congress, seven.
The BJP is ahead in 23 seats in Jamnagar and the Congress in six.