Gujarat Municipal Elections: Counting starts, Tough fight between BJP-Congress

Ahmedabad : The elections of six municipal corporations were held peacefully in Gujarat on Thursday amid tight security. During this time, 42 percent voting was recorded. The counting of these votes started at 8 am. Today the fate of many is to be decided. On Sunday, votes were cast for a total of 144 wards of 6 municipal corporations. These include Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.

All eyes are on the results of the local civic elections in Gujarat. The contest here is mainly between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. At the same time, for the first time, the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal and AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi are also claiming their strong presence. However, the reality of these claims will be cleared today with the counting of votes.

There are a total of 2276 candidates contesting in six municipal corporations. Apart from this, nine candidates are also in the fray for the by-elections in two seats in Junagadh Municipal Corporation. Those contesting the elections include 577 from BJP, 566 from Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 independents. According to the State Election Commission, there are a total of 1.14 crore voters, including 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women.

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