BJP & Cong Tie in Gandhinagar Civic Polls, Lottery to Decide Fate

The Gandhinagar poll result ended in a tie as both BJP and Congress won 16 seats each.

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The Gandhinagar poll result ended in a tie as both the parties won 16 seats each. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The election to Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) has resulted in a tie as both the BJP and Congress won 16 seats each out of the total 32 in the counting held on Tuesday.

A lottery system will now decide which party will rule over the GMC.

The poll result ended in a tie as both the parties won 16 seats each. Congress was ahead with 15 seats after the counting on 28 seats, while BJP had 13 seats. In the last lap of counting for eighth and final ward, BJP won three seats while Congress won one seat, creating a tie. In case of a tie, the mayor and other office bearers will be chosen through a lottery system by pulling out chits from a box.
Ravi Shankar, Gandhinagar Collector

The tie has come as a relief to BJP and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who is facing many odds in the state in the form of Patel quota agitation, water scarcity and allegations of corruption.

However, Congress is upbeat as after sweeping the rural local body polls in 2015, it is claiming that urban voters are also warming up to the party, in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly elections.

We welcome the verdict given by the people of Gandhinagar. Our support is intact in the GMC as in the last elections Congress had won 18 seats but we have managed to contain them on 16 seats despite the adverse situation.
Vijay Rupani, BJP President of Gujarat

This is the second election of GMC after it was declared a municipal corporation in 2011. In the first poll, Congress had won with 18 seats out of 33, while 15 seats went to BJP.

However, in 2012, BJP snatched power from Congress after three of the latter’s councillors switched over to the saffron party. Since then, the BJP was ruling over the GMC.

Earlier in December 2015, BJP had won the elections of six municipal corporations and gained majority in municipalities, while the Congress had swept taluka panchayat and district panchayat elections.

The state Assembly polls are slated to be held at the end of 2017.

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