The Bhartiya Janta Party (the BJP retained a fifth consecutive term in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Tuesday, winning 69 of the 76 seats that went to the polls on February 21. The BJP swept 16 out of 19 constituencies, winning the four seats on the panel, while Congress kept its panel in Ward 1. However, Congress was reduced to seven – half of its membership of 14 in 2015.
Among the 69 BJP winners were two 22-year-olds – both first-time contenders and the youngest in town – Bhoomika Rana and Shrirang Ayare, while congressional heavyweights and six-term corporator Chirag Zaveri suffered a reverse in Quarter 18 by a narrow margin of 700 votes.
Zaveri, who was at Vadodara’s counting center came out after the BJP candidate had an advantage in the last round of the closing competition. Two other sitting congressional corporators, Atul Patel and Anil Parmar, lost in wards 2 and 4, respectively, hampering the congressional tally. While Patel had won in 2015 as part of the Ward 1 panel, he was moved to Ward 2 this term to welcome Harish Patel, an assistant to the working chairman of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Hardik Patel in the Ward 1. Harish Patel won his first Ward 1 competition with four-term corporator Pushpa Waghela and his colleagues Ami Ravat and Jaha Desai, now in their second term in the parish.
The BJP effortlessly trained its panel of four corporators in 16 wards – with the exception of wards 1, 13 and 16.
Of these, Ward 9 was an addition to the party’s tally in 2015, where the four seats in Ward 9 were won by the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP), led by Rajesh Ayare, who had split from the BJP in April. year.
Ayare, who joined the BJP just days before the party’s announcement of the tickets, did not contest the polls but fielded his 22-year-old son Shrirang, who won by a margin of 20,111 votes. Three of the four congressional candidates in Ward 9 lost their deposit money as the BJP panel won by margins of over 15,000 votes each – Umisha Vasava of the BJP won by a margin of 19,680 against Mina Vasava of Congress and BJP’s Narsinh Chauhan won against Congressman Manu Solanki by a margin of 18,515 votes.
The BJP also won two more seats in Ward 16, which was a traditional stronghold of Congress by breaking up the party panel. As Chandrakant Shrivastav, 71, the oldest in the race and congressional opposition leader, won his seat in Ward 16 with his colleague Alka Patel, BJP’s Snehal Patel and Ghanshyam Solanki defeated Suvarna Pawar and Gaurang Sutharia of Congress respectively.
Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil, who arrived in Vadodara to congratulate the party workers, said: “People were talking about anti-leavers. But they don’t realize that BJP workers, when they win elections, do so with a sense of serving the people… As Congress lost across Gujarat, that was expected. The Congress-mukt-Bharat campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was almost materialized by voters. Congress laughed at our Page Pramukh concept. But it is the fact of our page Pramukhs.
On Tuesday evening, Congress filed a written complaint with the State Election Commission through the returning officer for Wards 4, 5 and 6, alleging that the electronic voting machines used during the ballot and those that were revealed during the counting process wore an inadequate control unit (CU) Numbers.
The submission came after a lengthy confrontation and dharna between Congress and NCP workers against police and election officials, when election officials initially refused to receive the complaint. Congress Secretary General Rutvij Joshi said: “We sought to relate with the EVM machine that was used for the ballot in wards 4 and 6. The ones they took out were not the same. They refused to accept our written complaint and sent the police to kick us out of the counting center. But we decided to approach the High Court of Gujarat with all the evidence we have of this crime.
“Congress always graciously accepts the people’s mandate. We have been part of the people to solve their problems for 25 years, even though we have never been elected to power. We will continue to do so, ”said city congressman Prashant Patel, adding that party candidates had been defeated by extremely narrow margins in many seats.
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