BJP claims big win over Congress in Gujarat gram panchayat polls

Ahmedabad, 29 Dec: The results for 2,891 out of 8,624 gram panchayats in Gujarat, which went to polls on December 27, came out today, following which both BJP and opposition Congress claimed their respective victories.

Votes are being counted manually as EVMs were not used in polls. “Till evening, counting is over for 2,891 gram panchayats, both for members as well as for (the posts of) sarpanch. Since counting is done manually, the process would go on till late night,” a State Election Commission official said. As ballot papers were used instead of EVMs during polling, counting would be more tedious and the staff will be required to count each vote manually, said a release by the SEC.

Gram Panchayat Polls are not fought officially on party tickets, wherefore the exact result for each party is not easy to define. BJP has claimed “80 per cent” of elected representatives are associated with the party. “Out of those elected till now, 80 per cent representatives have the BJP’s support. In coming days, BJP will organise ‘sarpanch conclaves’ across state to establish better coordination,” state unit BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said. He said the poll outcome is the “victory of BJP after demonetisation and of policies of village development adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.

  • Reportedly, BJP has bagged over 80% seats in Gujarat gram panchayat elections 2016.

BJP Gujarat’s State President Jitu Vaghani thanked people for their support to the party in similar updates.