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Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 LIVE Updates: BJP leads in six civic bodies, wins 40 out of 576 seats

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15:54 (IST)

Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP retains Ahmedabad's Khadia ward

The BJP on Tuesday won Ahmedabad's Khadia ward, which has been a saffron bastion since 1972. The party had replaced all the four sitting councillors with an entirely new panel of candidates, reports The Indian Express.

15:43 (IST)

Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP leads after winning 40 of 576 seats in civic polls

Counting is underway for elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat and the BJP is leading after winning 40 seats so far out of the total 576, the State Election Commission (SEC) said on Tuesday. The Congress has so far won nine seats, it said, reports PTI.

Polling for the 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies - Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar - was held on Sunday.

The BJP ruled all these civic bodies for the last several terms. The counting of votes began at 9 am on Tuesday.

15:36 (IST)

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BJP wins uncontested in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad

This year, the BJP has won uncontested in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad after Congress withdrew its candidate. The Bahujan Samaj Party, meanwhile, managed to open its account in Jamnagar, where the BJP again was ahead in 23 seats. The Congress was leading in six, according to NDTV.

15:20 (IST)

Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 LATEST Updates

Victory celebration announced at BJP's Ahmedabad office, says report

As per Indian Express, Gujarat BJP has announced a public function to celebrate its victory in the municipal corporation elections at its Ahmedabad party office in the evening. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and Gujarat BJP party chief C R Patil are expected to be present for the function.

15:08 (IST)

Congress heavyweight, Rajkot city unit chief register losses

While Congress heavyweight Chirag Zaveri lost from his seat in Vadodara, chief of the party's Rajkot city unit Ashok Dangar also registered a loss in Ward 17.

14:57 (IST)

BJP wins 72 seats in Ahmedabad

According to News 18, BJP has won 72 seats in Ahmedabad while the Congress has bagged 12 seats

14:39 (IST)

BJP bags 56 seats in Rajkot

In Rajkot the BJP has won 56 seats and is leading on 12 while the Congress is leading in two seats, reports News18. The Rajkot Municipal Corporatioon has a total of 72 seats.

14:25 (IST)

AAP wins 17 seats in Surat

The Aam Aadmi Party has bagged 17 of the 120 seats  in Surat while the BJP has bagged 51 seats, reports News18. Congress is yet to open its account.

14:20 (IST)

BJP gets majority in Vadodara

According to The Indian Express, the BJP has won the Vadodara Municipal Corporation for the fourth straight term by bagging 45 of the 76 seats. The required majority is 39 and the Congress has so far registered victory on seven seats.

14:05 (IST)

BJP crosses majority mark in Jamnagar

Winning in 40 of 64 seats, BJP crossed the majority mark in Jamnagar. As per latest figures, the party is close to the majority mark in Surat and Vadodara, where it has won 51 and 33 seats so far respectively.

Surat Municipal Corporation - 120 seats
BJP - 51 (win)
AAP - 13 (win)
Cong- 0 (win)

Vadodara Municipal Corporation - 76 seats
BJP - 33 (win)
Cong- 7 (win)

Jamnagar Municipal Corporation - 64 seats
BJP - 40 (win)
Cong- 5 (win)
BSP - 3 (win)

13:40 (IST)

BJP nears majority mark

Celebrations by cadres began in cities of Gujarat where municipal corporation elections were held as BJP registered wins in 263 seats out of a total of 575 so far, according to News18.

The Congress has won in 56 seats, while other parties have won 19 seats.

13:19 (IST)

BJP wins 29 of 76 seats in Vadodara

BJP won 29 seats in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, which has total of 76 seats. Meanwhile, Congress emerged victorious in seven wards.

13:09 (IST)

AAP opens account in Surat with victory in 3 wards

AAP opened its account in municipal corporation election in Surat after it won all seats in Ward 2 (Amroli-Mota Varachha), 4 (Kapodra) and 16 (Puna West).

12:51 (IST)

Congress, BJP win Ahmedabad bastions

The BJP, which won 32 seats and is leading in six in Ahmedabad so far, retained all four seats in Khokhra ward. It also won all four seats in the Gota ward.

The Congress won in 12 seats and is leading in four. It retained Dariyapur, its bastion in eastern Ahmedabad, and also won in all four wards in Danilinda.

12:51 (IST)

Congress, BJP win Ahmedabad bastions

The BJP, which won 32 seats and is leading in six in Ahmedabad so far, retained all four seats in Khokhra ward. It also won all four seats in the Gota ward.

The Congress won in 12 seats and is leading in four. It retained Dariyapur, its bastion in eastern Ahmedabad, and also won in all four wards in Danilinda.

12:37 (IST)

Six of eight municipal corporations went for voting

Elections were held in six municipal corporations of Gujarat on 21 February. The state, however, has eight municipal corporations. Elections were not held in Gandhinagar and Junagadh, where the five-year terms are yet to conclude.

Elections were held on Sunday for two vacant seats of the Junagadh corporation.

12:34 (IST)

Total wards across six civic bodies which went to polls on 21 February

Ahmedabad: 192
Surat: 20
Vadodara: 76
Rajkot: 72
Jamnagar: 64
Bhavnagar: 52

12:19 (IST)

BJP claims victory in 92 of 575 seats

BJP won 92 of the 575 seats in the Gujarat municipal elections held for six corporations, News18 reported. In its civic polls debut in the state, AAP has won four seats so far, while the BSP emerged victorious in three seats.

The Congress has won 18 seats, as per figures by the State Election Commission.

12:09 (IST)

AAP fails to secure wins, leads in Jamnagar

AAP has secured no leads so far in the Jamnagar Municipal Council, which has 64 seats. The BJP has won in 11 seats and is leading in three seats.

The Congress has won in one ward and leading in one seat. Three BSP candidates also registered a victory in Ward 6.

11:50 (IST)

BJP wins in 24 Rajkot wards

In Rajkot Municipal Council, BJP has won 24 seats of the total 72 seats and has taken the lead in eight wards. Congress has been unable to win any seat so far and is leading in two wards.

11:45 (IST)

AAP races ahead of Congress in Surat

The Aam Aadmi Party, which is contesting its first civic polls in Gujarat, has taken the lead in 15 seats in Surat, leaving behind the Congress, which is leading in 10 seats. The BJP has raced ahead in 45 wards.

11:41 (IST)

BJP wins 3 Jamnagar seats, Congress bags 4 seats in Vadodara

BJP emerged victorious in three seats in Jamnagar, while Congress won in one ward. Meanwhile, in Vadodara, Congress won in four wards.

In Ahmedabad, BJP lhas secured a lead in 53 seats, Congress in seven and AIMIM in four.

11:17 (IST)

BJP leads in 13 Bhavnagar seats, Congress in 13

In Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation, which has 52 seats, the BJP is leading in 13 seats and Congress in 7. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has not taken the lead in any seat.

11:15 (IST)

BJP wins in three Ahmedabad wards, one Rajot seat

BJP's panel registered victories in Thaltej, Vastral and Jodhpur wards in Ahmedabad.

In Rajkot Ward 10, BJP's panel emerged victorious by an overwhelming majority.

11:12 (IST)

Congress wins in Vadodara's Ward no 1

A panel of four Congress councillors won from Vadodara's Ward No 1.

In Jamnagar, which has 64 seats, Congress has taken no leads, while BJP and AAP is leading in four seats.

11:10 (IST)

BJP leads in 14 seats in Rajkot

In Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which has 192 seats, BJP is leading in 55, while Congress in 9 seats and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has so far not been able to take the lead anywhere.

10:57 (IST)

BJP leads in 14 seats in Rajkot

In Rajkot Municipal Corporation, which has 72 seats, BJP is leading in 14, Congress in five and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is ahead in three seats.

10:55 (IST)

BJP leads in 16 seats in Surat

Initial trends from Surat Municipal Corporation show BJP leading in 16 out of 120 seats. The Congress, meanwhile, is ahead in five seats and AAP in three.

10:51 (IST)

AAP fails to take lead in Vadodara so far

The BJP has taken a lead in six seats in Vadodara, Congress in two and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been unable to open its account. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation has a total of 76 seats.

10:45 (IST)

BJP panel wins in Jamnagar Ward no 5

A BJP panel, comprising Ashish Joshi, Kishan Madam, Bina Kothari and Saroj Virani, has registered a victory in Jamnagar Ward No 5.

Meanwhile, Congress panel has taken the lead in Ward no 1 in Vadodara.

10:34 (IST)

BJP leads in 51 seats in Ahmedabad

BJP is leading in 51 seats, Congress in 5 seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, The Times of India reported.

Gujarat: Counting of votes for local body polls underway in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/K8Q4xxyrMp

— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2021

10:14 (IST)

BJP leads in 60 seats, including Ahmedabad's Jodhpur ward

As per initial reports, the BJP is leading in 60 seats and Congress in 12, according to News18. While the Congress has taken a lead in Ahmedabad's Danilimada ward, the BJP is ahead on the city's Jodhpur ward.

09:49 (IST)

Congress ahead in Bhavnagar's ward number 1

The Congress has some reason to cheer in Bhavnagar. As per early leads, the party-backed panel is ahead in Bhavnagar's ward number 1.

09:40 (IST)

BJP ahead in Ahmedabad's Asarwa, Gota

The BJP-backed panel has taken the lead in Ahmedabad's Asarwa. The BJP is also ahead in Ahmedabad's Gota, reported News18 Gujarati.

09:28 (IST)

Congress leads in Ahmedabad's Danilimda

The Congress is currently ahead in Ahmedabad's Danilimda. Results have begun trickling in from 9 am.

09:20 (IST)

Early lead for BJP in Rajkot

The first leads have started trickling in. In Rajkot's ward number 17, the BJP-backed panel is currently ahead, according to News18 Gujarati.

09:05 (IST)

Counting of votes commences

Counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal corporations of Gujarat commenced at 9 am under heavy security and strict COVID-19 protocols.

08:52 (IST)

Counting of votes set to begin at centres at 9 am

Ahmedabad: Votes polled during Gujarat local body elections to be counted from 9 am today pic.twitter.com/F6JPsnhVWL

— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2021

08:50 (IST)

Four Congress workers booked for campaigning inside polling booth

Four Congress workers were booked under the Representation of People's Act for allegedly campaigning inside a polling booth in Chandkheda on Sunday when the polls were going on, Times of India reported.

Bipin Patel, 49, a lecturer with RC Technical College who was posted as election officer in Chandkheda ward, filed a complaint against Vitthal Makwana, Suresh Kakrecha, Vipul Valmikii and Sanjay Valmiki in this regard.

08:48 (IST)

Over 4,800 security personnel, 3,500 staff deployed to ensure smooth counting of votes

An official statement by the State Election Commission said counting centres will be manned by 52 election officers and 58 assistant election officers. At the centres, 664 tables have been laid in 60 halls, where 3,500 counting staff will be posted.

Additionally, over 4,800 security personnel and 227 health personnel have been posted at counting centres to ensure smooth counting of votes.

08:46 (IST)

BJP plays 'development card', Congress laments fuel price hike

During the campaign ahead of the municipal elections, the BJP played the "development" card while the Congress cited "lack of amenities" and the recent fuel price hike to hit out at the saffron party.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed it would be an effective alternative to the BJP and Congress.

08:34 (IST)

Polls to test waters for Vijay Rupani government ahead of Assembly elections

The municipal corporation elections are being seen as a test for Vijay Rupani as it may set the tone for the state Assembly polls due next year. As per the State Election Commission, there are a total of 1.14 crore voters, including 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women.

08:33 (IST)

Rupani casts vote after testing negative for COVID-19

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who tested positive for coronavirus during the campaign last week, cast his vote in his hometown Rajkot after testing negative for the virus.

08:20 (IST)

BJP's ticket distribution criteria upsets contenders; Congress-PAAS fall out

While the BJP had won the last civic body polls, these elections saw senior and multiple-term corporators disgruntled over being denied tickets. The denial of tickets was based conditions set by the BJP parliamentary board disqualifying three categories of contestants: those over the age of 60, members of the families of party functionaries, and those who have completed three terms.

During the last elections to these bodies in 2015, the quota agitation led by Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had put a serious dent in the BJP's vote share. As a result, Congress reaped dividends in Surat. This year, the Congress campaign did not see any high profile leaders and also lacked the support of PAAS over ticket distribution.

08:06 (IST)

AAP contests Gujarat civic polls for first time

Apart from BJP and Congress, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party contested the elections for the first time. It contested in all six cities. Members of Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM also contested on some seats in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation as Independents.

07:52 (IST)

Ahmedabad recorded lowest turnout, Jamnagar highest

Polling for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies - Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar - was held on Sunday.

Ahmedabad recorded the lowest turnout of 42.51 percent, while Jamnagar saw the highest turnout of 53.38 percent, followed by 50.72 percent in Rajkot, 49.46 percent in Bhavnagar, 47.84 percent in Vadodara and 47.14 percent in Surat. Of the total 1.14 crore voters registered in these major cities of Gujarat, 52.83 lakh had cast their ballots,the SEC said in a release.

Elections to 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats are scheduled on 28 February. 

07:51 (IST)

Counting of votes in polled in six Gujarat civic body elections today

Counting of votes polled in elections to six municipal corporations of Gujarat, including major cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, will be held today with all eyes on performance of the BJP which is in power in these civic bodies, officials said on Monday. The counting will start at 9 am.

"Designated staff would begin the counting of votes from 9 am on Tuesday at various counting centres in these six cities. People can watch live updates on our website," said MV Joshi, secretary, State Election Commission. The State Election Commission (SEC) has said an average 46.08 percent turnout was registered during voting which was held between 7 am and 6 pm on Sunday.

Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 LATEST News and Updates: After three hours of counting, the SEC said the BJP has till now emerged victorious in 40 seats, including five in Ahmedabad, eight in Rajkot, four in Surat, nine in Vadodara, and seven each in Jamnagar and Bhavnagar

As per reports, the BJP bagged 45 of the 76 seats in the Vadodara Municipal corporation, earning a fourth straight term in the city. In Rajkot, the saffron party has won 56 of the 72 seats.

Winning in 40 of 64 seats, BJP crossed the majority mark in Jamnagar. As per latest figures, the party is close to the majority mark in Surat and Vadodara, where it has won 51 and 33 seats.

BJP won 92 of the 575 seats in the Gujarat municipal elections held for six corporations. In its civic polls debut in the state, AAP has won four seats so far, while the BSP emerged victorious in three seats.

In Rajkot Municipal Council, BJP has won 24 seats of the total 72 seats and has taken the lead in eight wards. Meanwhile, AAP has taken the lead in 15 seats in Surat, leaving behind the Congress, which is leading in 10 seats.

BJP's panel registered victories in Thaltej, Vastral and Jodhpur wards in Ahmedabad. In Rajkot Ward 10, BJP's panel emerged victorious by an overwhelming majority.

The first leads have started trickling in. In Rajkot's ward number 17, the BJP-backed panel is currently ahead, according to News18 Gujarati.

Counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal corporations of Gujarat commenced at 9 am under heavy security and strict COVID-19 protocols.

The counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal corporations of Gujarat, polling for which took place on Sunday, will be held today (Tuesday, 23 February).

The counting of votes will be held for 192 seats across 48 wards in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, for 120 seats across 30 wards in the Surat Municipal Corporation, 76 seats across 19 wards of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, for 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 State Election Commission in release on Monday said that an average voter turnout  of 46.1 percent was recorded in the elections to six municipal corporations, with 52.83 lakh of the 1.41 crore registered voters exercising their franchise on Sunday. During the 2015 polls to these six civic bodies, 45.81 percent of the electorate had cast their votes, the release said.

As per the final figures shared by the SEC, Ahmedabad had the lowest turnout of 42.5 percent, while Jamnagar recorded the highest turnout of 53.4 percent. Besides, Rajkot recorded 50.7 percent polling, Bhavnagar-49.5 percent, Vadodara-47.8 percent and Surat- 47.1 percent.

Polling was held from 7 am to 6 pm on Sunday for a total of 144 wards across six civic bodies amid tight security and following COVID-19  norms. Top leaders of the BJP, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP MP Kirit Solanki, party MLA Rakesh Shah and Gujarat party chief CR Paatil, cast their votes on Sunday. According to reports, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani also cast his vote in Rajkot, hours after testing negative for COVID-19.

After exercising his franchise at a polling booth in Naranpura sub-divisional office of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will win the municipal elections.

"The BJP has emerged victorious across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am sure that Gujarat, from where the BJP's victory journey started, will again establish itself as a stronghold of the BJP," Shah said.

"I am sure that voters will turn out in large numbers and development will win," he further said.

According to The Indian Express, State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said that polling took place peacefully, without any major untoward incident.

However, the Gujarat Congress lodged nine complaints with the SEC about alleged discrepancies in voters’ list, alleged attempts to intimidate voters, and alleged faulty EVM machines in Ahmedabad civic polls, said the report.  The Congress, claiming violation of poll guidelines, also submitted a complaint against Rupani for flying into Rajkot with a helicopter to cast his vote, according to the report.

 The civic body elections are being seen as a test for the Rupani government as it may set the tone for the Assembly polls slated for next year.

The main contest is between the BJP, which has ruled the six corporations for last several terms, and the main Opposition Congress. During the poll campaign, the BJP played the "development" card, while the Congress, which has been out of power in these local bodies for a long time now, cited the "lack of amenities" and the recent fuel price hike to turn the tide.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 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.

A total of 2,276 candidates, comprising 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties, and 228 Independents, contested the elections.

Besides, nine candidates were also in the fray for by-elections to two seats in the Junagadh Municipal Corporation. After the results are announced today, elections to 31 district and 231 taluka panchayats and 81 municipalities will be held on 28 February.

With inputs from PTI

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