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Over 75% newly-elected Guj sarpanches belong to us, claims BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The today said over 75 per cent of the newly-elected sarpanches in belonged to the saffron party, a claim rubbished by the opposition

The today felicitated hundreds of sarpanches at "Sarpanch Abhivadav Samaroh," organised at the party headquarters.

The function was attended by Vijay Rupani, his deputy and state unit

The BJP leaders attacked the governments of the past for ignoring development of villages in

Addressing the gathering, Rupani said his government was committed to the development of villages.

"It is not easy to win the election of Sarpanch because only those who work hard day and night for village can only win because villages have small number of voters. Past governments at Centre, steeped in corruption, did little for the uplift of villages, while the Narendra Modi government has made policies for all-round development of villages," he said.

Rupani also exuded confidence that the BJP will also win the upcoming elections to municipality and district panchayats.

Vaghani said the BJP government was committed to provide in rural areas and work for the betterment of farmers.

"Rural population has given thumbs up to the BJP's farmer-oriented and development-oriented policies. Even in the constituencies where Congress won, sarpanches belonging to the BJP got votes," he said.

However, attacking the BJP over its claims that over 75 per cent sarpanches are supporting the party, Congress said the BJP curtailed the rights of sarpanches over years and has suppressed them.

"Sarpanches came to attend the BJP function out of fear that they will not get grants and due to allurement and threat. The BJP government has taken away their rights. Even in the past elections, more than 70 per cent sarpanches belonged to the Congress. It is a lie by the BJP that majority of sarpanches belonged to them," he told reporters.

After the results of election for around 1,145 village panchayats were announced on February 6, the BJP and the Congress claimed victory for their respective parties.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 22:20 IST