Voting for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats, and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat is underway. The counting of votes for Gujarat Local Bodies Polls 2021 will be declared on March 2. The campaigning for the elections had ended yesterday. Over 44,000 police personnel, including state reserve police units, 12, CAPF companies and 54,000 homeguards, have been deployed to ensure there is no chaos when the voting takes place to Gujarat Local Bodies Polls 2021. The ruling BJP is hoping to retain power in the state while the Congress believes the fuel price hikes and disenchantment of the people with the ruling party will help it make a comeback.
The average turnout in municipal and panchayat elections in the state till 2.15 pm is 34 percent, reports BBC Gujarati citing the State Elecion Commissions data. The average turnout in the district panchayat elections 750 nar an in the Taluka.
Police said that one of the three persons was held while two others managed to escape, and attempts were on to nab them. In another incident, some persons were injured after two groups supporting rival candidates clashed and hurled stones at each other near a polling booth in Viramgam taluka of Ahmedabad district. Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Jugalji Thakor were among the leaders who cast their votes in the early hours. Congress leader Hardik Patel also voted at a booth at Viramgam in Ahmedabad district.
As per the SEC, there are a total of 8,474 seats across 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat, out of which candidates on 237 seats remain unopposed, and no form was filled for two seats in taluka panchayat. Thus, elections were held on a total 8,235 seats, it said. For 8,235 seats, the BJP had fielded 8,161 candidates, Congress 7,778, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 2,090, among others, said the SEC. Apart from the traditional rivals- BJP and Congress-, AAP and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM were also in the fray for local body polls in Guiarat this time.
Counting of the votes in the elections to Gujarat's 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka will begin on Tuesday. Over 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the elections that were held in a largely peaceful manner on Sunday, barring an incident of booth capturing and reports of clash as well as snags in EVMS at some places, officials said. As per the provisional figures, voter turnout of 54.95 per cent across 81 municipalities, 62.41 per cent in 31 district panchayats, and 63.42 per cent in 231 taluka panchayat, was recorded, the State Election Commission (SEC) said.
The average voting percentage across all these local bodies together was around 60.26 per cent, it said. There was an attempt to capture a booth at Ghodiya villagein Jhalod taluka of Dahod district after three persons forced their way inside and damaged two EVMS kept there. Polling was stopped after the incident that took place around 2 pm, police said. The election staff collected the damaged EVMS and said they would try to retrieve the stored data, and a decision on whether to conduct re-election will be taken by the Election Commission.