Surat Voters proved themselves outliers but once more as they not solely introduced the BJP again, however decimated the Congress and introduced in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to second the place within the elections to the Surat Municipal Corporation.
In the outcomes to the 120 seats throughout 30 wards, declared on Tuesday, BJP received 93 and AAP acquired 27 seats, with Congress unable get a single seat– a fall from the 36 seats it received within the 2015 civic physique polls . Taking accountability of the defeat, Surat metropolis Congress president Babu Rayka resigned from the publish.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who congratulated the individuals of Gujarat for on Twitter for “the beginning of a new politics”, is predicted to reach in Surat to take part in a victory rally on February 26.
In the 2015 SMC elections, BJP was dealing with the wrath of Patidar neighborhood in Surat within the wake of quota agitations. With the assist of Patidar leaders, Congress received 36 out of the 116 seats — of which 26 have been from the Patidar-dominated areas. BJP had acquired 80 seats then with 39.64 ballot share.
However, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had parted methods with the Congress after the latter gave tickets to solely one of many three
names advisable by the PAAS for the civic physique polls.
Following this, the PAAS has prolonged their assist to the AAP candidates.
Surat convenor of PAAS Dharmik Malaviya mentioned that outcomes are a slap on the faces of BJP and Congress”, including that each events have and “misused” the Patidar neighborhood and “played politics”.
“People of Surat have got best alternative in AAP which started its journey from Surat and spread in different parts of state. One more reason why Congress candidates were defeated is due to the statement of Congress leader Jayrajsinh Parmar,” he mentioned.
Malaviya was referring to a purported assertion by Parmar attacking the PAAS after the face-off between the organisation and Congress escalated.
Surat metropolis BJP president Niranjan Janjmera mentioned, “Among the candidates, 59 from AAP, 81 from Congress, and 129 from other parties and independents, and six from BJP had lost their deposits .”
The AAP candidates received all of the 4 seats in wards 2, 3, 4, 5,16, 17, and two seats in ward 7 and single seat in ward 8.
City Congress chief Babu Rayka’s son Ruchin Rayka and nephew Shailesh Rayka had additionally unsuccessfully contested the elections.
Three-time Congress councillors Dinesh Kachhadiya, Dhansukh Rajput, Aslam Cyclewala, Satish Patel are additionally among the many different main leaders who misplaced.
Taking accountability for the defeat within the municipal election Surat metropolis Congress president Babubhai Rayka has despatched his resignation to the GPCC leaders.
Talking to the Indian Express, Rayka mentioned, “I am not in a position to say anything into the results. I have accepted my responsibility in the party defeat and have given my resignation to the party higher-ups.”
Several Congress leaders reached the Surat metropolis Congress workplace at Nanpura and took out a photograph of president Babu Rayka and threw it on the street and chanted slogans in opposition to Rayka. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. Later within the afternoon, a few of the supporters of Rayka additionally reached the celebration workplace and chanted slogans supporting Rayka and senior Congress leaders.
The Athwalines police employees reached the Congress workplace and acquired management over the scenario and parted each the teams.
BJP state president C R Paatil’s shut aide Lalit Vekhariya additionally misplaced from ward quantity 7 (Katargam). Vekhariya was made Surat metropolis BJP vice chairman by Paatil, and later to contest within the municipal company election, he gave resignation.
Surat metropolis BJP president Niranjan Janjmera mentioned, “We have got 13 seats more than last municipal elections and this shows that the public accepted the development works done by BJP in Surat city. The hard work of BJP volunteers and the page committee concept had led to such a massive victory. ”
Gujarat AAP spokesperson Yogesh Jadwani mentioned, “The victory is public and they have put faith on us and our elected councillors will work honestly without carrying out any corrupt activities and also will not allow corruption.Congress has failed as an opposition in the SMC, so the people rejected them.”