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BJP landslide in rural Gujarat polls buries Congress | India News

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat countryside was painted saffron on Tuesday when the BJP captured all 31 district panchayats, most of the 81 municipalities and more than 200 of the 231 taluka (bloc) panchayats that had gone to the polls on 28 February.
With the resounding victory, which came a week after the party swept all six municipal corporations, the BJP turned around Congress, which had made massive electoral breakthroughs in 2015 thanks to a violent uproar in the Patidar led reservation. by Hardik Patel and the Dalits. uproar championed by Jignesh Mevani.
By 2015, the BJP had been decimated in 24 of the 31 district panchayats, in addition to losing in 138 of the 228 taluka panchayats. However, the party had kept its semi-urban base intact by winning 45 of 57 municipalities.
Congress was pushed further into oblivion in Gujarat after failing to win a single district panchayat and taking a beating in the municipalities. Indeed, the grassroots support of the great party was significantly uprooted in the saffron storm.
The AAP, which had surprised everyone in municipal polls by winning 27 seats in the Patidar strongholds of Surat, made a modest entry into the rural bodies by winning 42 of the 2,097 seats it contested. The AAP’s Surat program had sparked rumors that it would also make inroads into Patel-dominated districts such as Amreli and Morbi, where BJP had lost heavily in the 2017 state polls. All of that speculation was given a quiet burial after the Patidars left. deeply rooted in BJP.

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