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Gandhinagar Municipal polls: no clear winner as BJP, Congress both won 16 seats each


Election for Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar municipal corporation has thrown a hung verdict with both Congress and the BJP winning 16 seats each in the 32 seats civic body.

Voting for the civic body was held on Sunday in which 52 % turnout was registered.

The results for the civic body are seen as setback for the Anandiben Patel government as the BJP was ruling the local body but could not retain power.

Now, according to the sources, the state urban development department will conduct a draw to select mayor and other office bearers in the civic body.

The opposition party Congress had won the last civic body polls in 2011 but mayor and several other municipal councilors of Congress had defected to BJP ahead of the parliamentary polls in 2014 and since then the BJP was ruling the municipal corporation of the capital city.

Last year, BJP had suffered in the panchayats polls as the Congress had won 23 out of 31 district panchayats while BJP had managed to retain its hold in six municipal corporations: Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.

“Despite the money and muscle power and blatant use of government machinery, the electorate have not given favourable verdict to the BJP in the state capital,” said Congress leader Nishit Vyas, in charge of the municipal polls.

State BJP president Vijay Rupani said that “compared to last polls, BJP won four seats more this time so it cannot be called a setback for the party.”

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