Gujarat municipal election result 2018: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi has once again managed to win a majority of the municipal bodies in the state.
Gujarat municipal election result 2018: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi has once again managed to win a majority of the municipal bodies in the state. Out of 75 municipalities where elections took place on 18 February and counting on Monday, the BJP won 47 while its main rival Congress could win only 16. BJP chief Shah dubbed the win as “grand”. In a series of tweets on Monday, Shah said, “For people of Gujarat to continuously put their trust in the BJP is a proof of their unbreakable faith in the state government’s and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s good governance and pro-people policies.”
The score of BJP is definitely big as compared to its main rival in the state. But it is certainly not as big it was in 2013 when the BJP had won 59 out of 79 municipalities.
Here are some key takeaways from the Gujarat municipal elections:
- The BJP is facing a huge challenge from the Congress in the state. In the recently-concluded Assembly elections, the saffron party had performed well in urban areas but managed to win just 99 seats against the target of 150 plus out of 182 in the state Assembly. The Congress gave a snare to the BJP, winning 77 seats and performing well in rural areas. The result of the municipal elections once again shows the BJP remains the first choice party in urban areas. But the saffron party should be wary of the fact that the Congress has doubled its tally in the urban municipal bodies as well.
- The municipal election result shows Congress is getting stronger in Saurashtra-Kutch regions. Out of the 33 civic bodies of the region, Congress gained three municipal bodies. Out of the seven municipalities that saw a change in power, Congress took five from BJP – Dhoraji, Bhayavadar, Salaya, Rajula, and Manavadar – while the saffron party snatched Chalala municipality in Amreli and Dhrol in Jamnagar from the Grand Old Party. In the region, BJP won 22 civic bodies, took two from the Congress but also lost five to its main rival in the state. In the assembly polls, Congress had 28 seats in the region – almost double of 15 seats it had won in 2012.
- Both BJP and the Congress have reasons to rejoice. Interestingly, both parties have claimed they will form civic bodies in 10 municipalities where there is no clear mandate or where independents have won. According to the election commission, there is no clear mandate in six municipalities and independents have won in four.
- Out of the total 2060 municipal councilor seats that went to polls, the BJP overwhelmingly won over 50% seats. The saffron party won 1167 seats, while the tally for other parties was: Congress – 630; BSP – 15; NCP – 28; Independents: 202. The numbers show the Congress has still a long way to travel to become the first choice of voters in Modi’s home state. In 2013, Congress had won 444 seats. The party claims it will rule in 24 municipalities (in eight with the help of independents). The BJP clearly remains the first choice in urban areas as of now.
- The municipal polls in Gujarat will set the stage for the next year’s Lok Sabha elections. Already the ruling party, the BJP will start the preparations from the vantage point while the Congress will have to toil hard.