Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Malini Gaud is all set to become the second woman mayor of Indore after defeating her rival and Congress candidate Archana Jaiswal by a margin of 2,46,366 votes. Out of the total 10,15,672 votes polled, Gaud got 6,18,538 votes while 3,72,172 votes went to Jaiswal.
After its stupendous success in the 2013 assembly elections and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP again managed to drub the Congress as the latter reached an all-time low by just capturing 17.6% wards. Out of 85 wards in the city, the BJP won in 65. The Congress won in 15 and five others were bagged by Independents.
In the 2009 corporation elections, the Congress had 19 out of 69 wards in its kitty, thus making it nearly 30%.
It must be noted here that the number of wards was increased this time.
Excitement among party workers was palpable after the strong room opened at 9am and counting started half-an-hour later.
Jaiswal came to Nehru Stadium, the counting venue, around 11am but left by 11.30am after realising that her opponent was leading.
Later, speaking to the media, Jaiswal said there was a BJP wave in the city, but expressed doubt whether the people had chosen wisely in making Gaud the mayor.
“What will she do if she cannot even manage to repair the roads behind her house?” she asked.
A smiling Gaud reached Nehru Stadium around 1pm, along with her supporters, sporting the victory sign. She thanked the voters of Indore for electing her as the mayor.
“I thank the voters of Indore for showing faith in me and (I will) try to live up to their expectations and work honestly. I will work hard to give a new direction to Indore’s development,” she said.