The BJP won all 31 district panchayats, 70 out of 81 municipalities and was far ahead of main rival Congress in 231 taluka panchayats as counting for the second phase of local body polls in Gujarat was underway on Tuesday. The success follows the BJP's clean sweep in elections for six municipal corporations in the first phase last month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying, "Results of the Nagar Palika, Taluka Panchayat and District Panchayat polls across Gujarat give a crystal clear message- Gujarat is firmly with the BJP’s agenda of development and good governance. I bow to the people of Gujarat for the unwavering faith and affection towards BJP".
Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday asserted that her party, if voted to power in Assam, will bring a new law to "nullify" the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the state.
Meanwhile, India's trade deficit in goods widened to $12.88 billion in February from $10.16 billion during the same period a year earlier, preliminary data released by the government on Tuesday showed.
Earlier in the day, the Election Commission today issued the notification for the first phase of the elections in 47 Assembly constituencies of Assam, officials said. Elections for the 126-member Assam Assembly will be held in three phases as per Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. The counting for all phases will take place on May 2.
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