Gu­jarat civic polls: Cong gains in ru­ral ar­eas, BJP leads in ur­ban cen­tres

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Hi­ral Dave hi­ral.dave@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AHMED­ABAD: The Congress made a spec­tac­u­lar come­back in Gu­jarat on Wed­nes­day, tak­ing con­trol of the ru­ral lo­cal bod­ies in a stun­ning blow to the BJP in an elec­tion seen as a ref­er­en­dum on the rul­ing party’s state and cen­tral lead­er­ship.

The set­back to the BJP in Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and party pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s home state comes barely weeks af­ter the party suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat in the as­sem­bly polls in Bi­har.

The BJP, how­ever, man­aged to re­tain its hold on the ur­ban cen­tres but saw its seat share come down in all six mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies. A ju­bi­lant Congress — which was vir­tu­ally oblit­er­ated from all tiers of the power struc­ture in the state af­ter los­ing al­most ev­ery elec­tion in the last 12 years — termed its per­for­mance a “ver­dict against the BJP gov­ern­ment”.

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