Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The BJP on Tuesday sweeped the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) polls by winning 51 seats. The Congress which had 15 members was left with just one seat in the 60-member body. The BJP which retained power in the civic body has improved its tally by seven seats to win 51 out of 56 seats.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won four seats. Out of a total of 60 seats in JMC, the election was held for 56 seats. While candidates of the BJP were declared elected unopposed on three seats, the form of a BJP nominee stood rejected in another instance.
The NCP registered a surprise win on four seats. The Congress was affected by a leadership crisis after its city president Vinu Amipara resigned to join the BJP just before the election along with a large number of party workers.
The BJP had wrest control of the JMC from the Congress in the previous election by winning 44 seats. The ruling party celebrated its victory by bursting fire crackers at its state headquarters, ‘Kamalam’, in Gandhinagar.
“We are grateful to the people of Junagadh for this grand victory. The Congress has won only one seat, which shows the party is fading from the memory of people. People of Junagadh put trust in the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said state BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani. He along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will attend a victory programme in the city on Wednesday.
BJP also won one seat in Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation for which by-polls were held. The party also won in district and taluka panchayats. Of 43 seats in taluka panchayats BJP won 32, Congress was left with 8 and independents got 3 seats.
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