Gujarat panchayat polls: Both BJP and Congress claim victory, say they won 70-80% of seats
On a day results of the elections held for 1127 village panchayats in Gujarat were declared, the ruling BJP and opposition Congress have claimed victory for their respective parties.
Out of the total 1,425 village panchayats where elections were due, around 295 has been declared ‘Samras’ as villagers chose their sarpanchs unanimously ahead of the polls, the Gujarat State Election Commission said in a release. Results for the elections, held for 1,127 village panchayats on February 4 for the post of sarpanchs and panchayat members, were declared today. Village Panchayat polls are not fought on party symbols and candidates need to fight in their personal capacity.
Each voter is required to cast two votes—one to elect sarpanch and another for electing the panchayat member for his ward. After the results came out, the state BJP claimed that the saffron party has emerged victorious on 75 to 80 per cent of gram panchayats. “Thanks to the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel, the BJP has registered its victory on 75 to 80 per cent panchayats. People have put their trust in the,” said Gujarat BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani.
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