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PostSubject: BJP sweeps Gujarat local bodies polls   BJP sweeps Gujarat local bodies polls Icon_minitimeTue Apr 10, 2012 10:03 pm

AHMEDABAD: After defeating Congress in the municipal corporation polls, the BJP on Saturday trounced the opposition party in the panchayats and municipalities elections here.

The counting for elections of 24 district panchayats, 208 taluka panchayats and 53 municipalities held on Thursday, was held on Saturday.

Out of the 24 district panchayats the BJP won clear majority in 21 with Congress got majority in Gandhinagar and Tapi. The district panchyats of Bharuch got a hung verdict.

Out of the 208 taluka panchayats, results of 157 were declared, in which BJP has own 122, Congress 20 and Janta Dal(U) two, while in the three taluka panchayats the verdict was hung.

In the 53 municipalities' elections, the BJP has won 42 seats while the Congress and others got four seats respectively. In Porbandar both the BJP and Congress won 21 seats each out of the total 42 seats.

State Congress president Siddarth Patel resigned after the polls results, taking moral responsibility o the defeat.

He has sent his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi, party sources said.

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally after his party's victory said the polls results indicate that BJP has been supported by poor people, Muslims and tribals.

Modi further said the image that BJP is pro-rich and an urban party would be dispelled with today's victory.

"The most surprising aspect of the polls is over 100 Muslim candidates of BJP have won at various levels today. This shows acceptance of BJP even in minority community of the state," Modi said.

Meanwhile, Congress accepted defeat in the local self governing bodies polls.

"I have send my resignation to the party president Sonia Gandhi," Patel told reporters here this evening.

"There are doubts about the results which are not as per our expectations. But in spite of this taking moral responsibility for the results of local body elections I have resigned," he said.

The polls had high stakes for the main parties of the state. The result has come as a major boost to Modi and his party, which is looking at this elections keeping in mind the December 2012 polls.

Congress had called its national leaders like Subodhkant Sahay, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and State Congress in-charge Sudhakar Reddy to campaign along with state leaders.

Out of 24 district panchayats, Congress had won in six in the last elections in 2005, the party had won about 20 block panchayats out of 208, while out of 53 municipalities the Congress had won in six.

The BJP won elections to the six municipal corporations the results of which were announced on October 10.
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