AAP opens account in Guj civic polls, becomes No 2 in Surat
But his party failed to open its account in the 2017 elections.This was for the first time AAP had fielded its candidates in the municipal polls in Gujarat, said Bhardwaj.But it did not win any seats in other five municipal corporations.AAP has given a new hope to the people of Surat.PTI | Ahmedabad | Updated: 23-02-2021 23:12 IST | Created: 23-02-2021 23:12 IST
Elections to six municipal corporations in the state were held on Sunday and counting took place on Tuesday.
While the BJP retained power by winning 93 seats in the 120-seat SMC, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP won remaining 27 seats. The Congress, which had won 36 seats in SMC last time, was reduced to zero seats.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj announced that Kejriwal will hold a road-show in Surat city on February 26 ''to thank the people'' The AAP received crucial support from the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), the organization agitating for quota for the Patel community, once led by Hardik Patel.
This was for the first time AAP had fielded its candidates in the municipal polls in Gujarat, said Bhardwaj.
But it did not win any seats in other five municipal corporations.
''AAP has given a new hope to the people of Surat. We have put an end to the friendly match which was going on between Congress and BJP. For a party which does not even have a sarpanch in Gujarat, it is remarkable to win 27 seats,'' said Bhardwaj.
''The Congress is the opposition the BJP wants.
Congress' rout has yet again demonstrated that it is finished,'' she said, adding that only Kejriwal and the AAP can successfully take on the BJP electorally.
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