You are here: Home » Elections » News
Business Standard

AAP emerges as main opposition in Surat civic polls, wins 3 wards

Of the total 120 seats across wards, BJP has won 28 seats and AAP has won 8, so far. The Congress has failed to win even a single seat till now

Surat | Aam Aadmi Party

IANS  |  Gandhinagar 

AAP volunteers wave a tricolour during Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
AAP volunteers wave a tricolour

The (AAP) seems to be emerging as the main opposition party in the Municipal Corporation (SMC) polls, winning three wards against the BJP's 9.

Of the total 120 seats across wards, BJP has won 28 seats and AAP has won 8, so far. The Congress has failed to win even a single seat till now.

With the Patel Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) support to the AAP in the Municipal Corporation polls, the AAP has an edge over the BJP's arch rival Congress.

All the AAP candidates in wards 2, 4 and 16 of the SMC, won against their rivals, the BJP and the Congress, winning the three wards out of the total 30 wards.

AAP candidates in ward 17 are also leading, and are expected to win the entire ward. Another AAP candidate in ward 8 has also won.

AAP candidates had such overwhelming support in ward 4 that all candidates won by around 20,000 votes over their rivals.

The Congress had given ticket to only one of the three names proposed by the PAAS for the candidature of Patidar-dominated areas. After that PAAS quit the alliance with the Congress for the civic polls.

PAAS conveners Dharmik Malaviya and Alpesh Katheriya had openly started visiting the election offices of AAP candidates, who were in the poll fray from Patidar-dominated areas. There are a total of seven SMC wards where the Patel community has dominance.

The emergence of AAP as an alternative has not only jolted the Congress, but it is also a warning sign for newly-appointed BJP state chief C.R. Patil who hails from the Diamond City. Disgruntled BJP members have been expressing this as a concern.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, February 23 2021. 19:09 IST