AAP Opens Account in Gujarat Civic Polls, Becomes No 2 in Surat

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday made inroads in Gujarat politics, profitable 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Elections to 6 municipal firms in the state have been held on Sunday and counting befell on Tuesday.

While the BJP retained energy by profitable 93 seats in the 120-seat SMC, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP received remaining 27 seats. The Congress, which had received 36 seats in SMC final time, was lowered to zero seats. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj introduced that Kejriwal will maintain a road-show in Surat metropolis on February 26 “to thank the people” The AAP acquired essential assist from the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), the group agitating for quota for the Patel group, as soon as led by Hardik Patel.

Hardik Patel is now the working president of Gujarat Congress. Though the PAAS is now nearly defunct, two of its distinguished members – Alpesh Kathiria and Dharmik Malavia – are nonetheless lively in Surat and command assist in the group.

Riding on the anti-BJP wave created by the quota agitation in 2015, Congress managed to win 36 seats in Patidar-dominated areas of Surat final time. But earlier than Sunday’s elections, each Kathiria and Malavia had brazenly pledged to defeat the Congress following variations with its leaders over of ticket distribution.

In 2016, Kejriwal had addressed a rally in Patidar- dominated Varachha space forward of 2017 Assembly polls. But his occasion didn’t open its account in the 2017 elections. This was for the primary time AAP had fielded its candidates in the municipal polls in Gujarat, mentioned Bhardwaj.

But it didn’t win any seats in different 5 municipal firms. (*2*) mentioned Bhardwaj.

Preeti Sharma Menon, Mumbai in-charge of the AAP, mentioned the individuals of Surat and the occasion’s leaders there confirmed that “clean politics is possible across India”. “The Congress is the opposition the BJP wants.

Congress’ rout has yet again demonstrated that it is finished,” she mentioned, including that solely Kejriwal and the AAP can efficiently tackle the BJP electorally.


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