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Gandhinagar civic body goes to the polls on Sunday

Gandhinagar: With the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation finally going to the polls on Sunday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have all expressed confidence that they will win a majority of the 44 seats up for grabs in 11 wards.

The election for the civic body in the state capital was originally scheduled for April, but had to be postponed due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases.

All three parties— BJP, Congress and AAP—have put in some campaign efforts ahead of the elections. Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodiya took to the campaign trail on behalf of local AAP candidates.

Similarly, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, former education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and BJP state unit chief CR Patil were all seen aboard a “chariot”, on behalf of their BJP compatriots.

The Congress party focused on door-to-door campaigning. Of the three, BJP is the most confident, with the party expecting a clean sweep across all 44 seats. “People in this city have seen the development map of the BJP.

Whatever development has happened in Gandhinagar is due to and under the BJP. We have the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and strong team leaders CR Patil and CM Patel. There is no question of getting less than 44 seats,”

Amit Thakar, BJP’s election in-charge for GMC, told First India. Meanwhile, AAP and the Congress have projected wins of 28-30 and 25-30 seats, respectively.

AAP city president Jitendra Kumar said Gandhinagar’s next mayor will undoubtedly be from his party. “We are winning this election.

We have public support. During our campaign, people have been telling us that AAP is their only hope. While we don’t have government machinery at our disposal, our surveys say we are getting a majority,” he said. The Congress’ incharge for the Gandhinagar election, Jayrajsinh Parmar said that his team has a smart strategy.

“We have fielded candidates keeping in mind the caste equation. Against five SC reserved seats, we have fielded 10 SC candidates. We are working on the DDT— Dalit, Darbar and Thakor—theory and are sure of winning,” he said.

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