BJP sweeps Guj panchayat poll
After its poor showing in the municipal polls in Gujarat, the Congress has been wiped out in the panchayats polls, results of which were declared on Saturday.india Updated: Oct 24, 2010 01:18 IST
After its poor showing in the municipal polls in Gujarat, the Congress has been wiped out in the panchayats polls, results of which were declared on Saturday.
The ruling BJP won 22 of 24 district panchayats, 178 of 208 block panchayats and 47 out of 52 municipalities that went to the polls on October 21.
Congress’ debacle in the local bodies’ elections forced state Congress president Siddhartha Patel to tender his resignation.
“I have sent my resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi, accepting moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance,” Patel said.
The BJP, which had swept the six municipal corporations polls two weeks ago, repeated its spectacular performance and won in places such as tribal district Dangs and Anand in central Gujarat, which were Congress strongholds.
CM Narendra Modi thanked the people for voting BJP.
In the Dangs, BJP fielded five Christian candidates for the first time.
The party also won in other tribal dominated districts such as Narmada, Dahod, Panchamahal and Sabarkantha. Only two district panchayats, Gandhinagar and Tapi in South Gujarat, have gone to the Congress.
“Of the 24 district panchayats, 18 were under control of the BJP while six were held by the Congress, but the BJP has improved its performance and wrested district panchayats in Dang, Anand, Rajkot and Bharuch from Congress,” said state BJP general secretary I.K. Jadeja.
First Published: Oct 23, 2010 20:51 IST