The Congress is staging a come back in Gujarat, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning most of the municipal corporations in Gujarat, in the counting of the civic body elections being held on 2 December.
The crucial local bodies polls are being considered a litmus test for the ruling BJP in the backdrop of the agitation by Patidars for reservation.
The Congress is hoping to cash in on the Patel community’s resentment against the ruling government. All six municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Bhavnagar — are controlled by the BJP.
The elections, are being seen as a challenge for chief minister Anandiben Patel, as they are also the first major elections in the state, after she took over the reins from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress won all six taluka panchayats in Jamnagar district. The worst defeat for the BJP comes in Kalavad, home to BJP Gujarat chief RC Faldu where Congress notched up 14 of the total 16 seats, while BJP got only two seats.