The counting of votes for the second phase of elections began at nine in the morning and the BJP overtook the Congress by winning 6,236 out of 8,470 seats. The situation is not yet clear on the four seats. The Congress won only 1,805 seats while AAP and AIMIM won 42 and 17 seats respectively.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM won nine seats in the Modasa municipality in Aravalli district. Along with this, he won one seat in Bharuch and seven seats in Godhra of Panchmahal. The Aam Aadmi Party won 31 seats in the taluka panchayat, two seats in the zilla panchayat and nine seats in the municipality.
At a time when the BJP is poised for a landslide victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the results show that Gujarat stands firmly in line with the party’s agenda of development and good governance. He tweeted, ‘The results of the municipal, taluka panchayat and zilla panchayat elections across Gujarat give a clear message – Gujarat is with BJP’s agenda of development and good governance.’
He said, “I salute the people of Gujarat for the unwavering faith and affection for the BJP”. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “People and farmers in the rural areas of Gujarat made the BJP victorious and stamped their trust in the welfare policies of the government in the local civic elections in Gujarat.”
Shah congratulated Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state BJP chief CR Patil as well as the party workers for the resounding victory. He said, “I bow to the public.”
The State Election Commission said that candidates remained unopposed in 237 out of 8,474 seats. The polling percentage in the municipalities elections was 59.05, 66.67 percent for the district panchayats and 66.86 percent for the taluka panchayats. By-elections were also held for two seats in taluka panchayats and 24 seats in municipalities.
The BJP had won all the six municipal corporations for which elections were held on February 21 in the first phase. Welcoming the unprecedented victory of the party, Chief Minister Rupani said that the BJP has won the entire state, be it in tribal areas, Saurashtra or central, north or south Gujarat, while the Congress has almost been wiped out.
He said, “The results of the elections have proved that Gujarat was a BJP stronghold … It is a BJP stronghold, and it will remain a BJP stronghold.” On AAP’s performance, Rupani said that winning some of the thousands of seats does not matter.
“Even independents have won more seats than the party led by Arvind Kejriwal,” he said. The results of local body elections have come as an impetus for Rupani before the 2022 assembly elections. His leadership was questioned after the BJP’s performance in the 2017 assembly elections.
State BJP chief Patil said that ‘people did not give so many seats to the party even in the 2015 local body elections, but in 2021 people have returned their love interest.’