Gujarat Civic Polls: Amit Shah confident of BJP victory in local body elections
On Sunday, after casting his vote at a polling booth for election to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed his confidence on the people of the state. Shah said that the people will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Gujarat local body polls: Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with his family members casts his vote at Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/YlgnCji7Lf
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On Sunday at 7 am, polling for municipal corporations began in six major cities of Gujarat. During phase 1 of the state local body polls, Union Minister Amit Shah cast his vote at Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad, along with his family members. After casting votes, Shah and his family offered prayers at the nearby Kamnath Mahadev temple.
Later, the Senior BJP leader said while talking to reporters, “The BJP has emerged victorious across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Shah expressed his faith in the people and said, “I am confident that today the people of Gujarat will cast their votes in large numbers and they will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the BJP.”
Tight security arrangements were made at the polling booth.
The polling is being conducted for a total of 575 seats and 2,276 candidates.
Last month, State Election Commission (SEC) informed that the elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. First phase will be on February 21 and the second on February 28.
The commission further said that six municipalities are scheduled to undergo polls on Sunday. These 6 include Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. The BJP has ruled the six corporations for the last several terms.
The polling at 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will be held on February 28.
Amid the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing for casting votes has been fixed from 7am to 6pm.
On 23 February, the results will be out for six municipal corporations. The results of 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats results will be declared on March 2.