After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move, the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the civic bodies polls in Gujarat, capturing two municipalities and a taluka panchayat, according to results declared on Tuesday.
The BJP was also ahead on 23 of 31 seats of various municipalities, taluka and district panchayats where by-polls were held.
“I salute people of Gujarat for continued trust in BJP. BJP’s great win in local polls shows people’s strong faith in development politics. These results across India illustrate that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption and misgovernance,” Modi tweeted.
Taking potshots at the Congress over the results, Gujarat BJP’s media convener Harshad Patel said the result has once again proved that the entire state is with the BJP.
“Regular as well as by-polls were held in different parts of Gujarat. Right from Vapi in south Gujarat to Gondal in Saurashtra region, people have chosen BJP over Congress. The opposition party should now understand that people are really unhappy with them,” Patel said.
Gujarat Congress conceded defeat and vowed to work hard for the people.
“We accept our defeat. BJP must not forget that it was only by-polls on some seats. Congress has always raised issues concerning people like notes ban and we will continue to do so,” Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.
According to the Gujarat State Election Commission results, the BJP registered a victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district, capturing 41 out of 44 seats. The remaining three seats went to the Congress.
Vapi municipality was earlier held by the BJP.
The saffron party also swept the polls for the Kanakpur-Kansad municipality of Surat, where it captured 27 out of 28 seats, leaving only one for the Congress. This municipality was held by the BJP too.
In Rajkot, the BJP snatched Gondal taluka panchayat, which went for mid-term polls, from the Congress by winning 18 of 22 seats. Congress settled for just four.
Apart from these, Gujarat SEC conducted by-elections on 31 seats of various municipalities, taluka panchayats and district panchayts across the state. Though final results are yet to be announced, the BJP was ahead on 23 seats.
The result assumes significance in the run up to the state elections next year, and is a litmus test for the BJP after the surprise demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes by the Centre.