BJP makes big gains in municipal polls

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Voters standing in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth for Municipal Council Elections in Karad Maharashtra
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03 December, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said BJP's performance in parliamentary, assembly and local elections across India over the last few days illustrates that people want all-round progress and will not tolerate corruption and misgovernance. The party had a clean sweep in elections held in two municipalities and one taluka panchayat. Be it the Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, or Gujarat, BJP has performed well everywhere. "However, at present we can say the people have accepted the BJP", said Ghanshyam Shah, a political analyst.

The State Election Commission had announced elections to 134 seats in district panchayats, taluka panchayats and municipalities.

The BJP had to face defeat in Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde's Parli municipality where her estranged cousin Dhananjay Munde led the NCP to a clear victory.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said BJP's big gain in Maharashtra is an indication of which way the wind is blowing. In taluka panchayat by-polls, BJP won five out of 9 and Congress bagged four seats.

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As many as 15,826 candidates were in the fray for 3,705 seats spread over the municipal councils and nagar panchayats, where voting was held on Sunday in the first phase with around 70 per cent of the electorate exercising its franchise. Vapi municipality was held by BJP earlier too. "The opposition party should now understand that people are really unhappy with them", Patel said. The Nationalist Congress Party has come second after the BJP by winning 482 seats but suffered a huge setback as it managed to get only 19 Municipal Council Presidents.

The BJP has followed up its success in the Maharashtra civic elections with a sweep of by-elections to local bodies in Gujarat. Though final results are yet to be announced, BJP is running ahead on nearly 23 seats. Gondal taluka had become a prestige battle for the BJP and Congress as, within a year of the election last November, mid-term polls had to be held. "BJP's great win in local polls shows people's strong faith in development politics". The elections were seen as a litmus test for the Devendra Fadnavis" government and are being viewed as "mini' Assembly elections. We will introspect on these results. "The BJP government is one which thinks of the common man", Fadnavis said, adding people have reposed their trust in the BJP-led regime. In Karad constituency of former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, though Congress has got a majority, BJP's municipal council president's post has gone to the BJP.

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