Gujarat municipal corporation elections; BJP leading the way
Elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat were held on Sunday amid tight security and adherence to COVID-19 norms. People started queuing up outside polling booths soon after the voting began at 7 am across various wards in the six municipal corporations in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
The voting continued till 5 pm. In the morning, elderly voters were also seen at various booths, where precautions have been taken to follow COVID-19 prevention norms, including the use of masks and sanitisers and maintaining social distance.
Local MPs, MLAs and leaders of different political parties also arrived at various polling booths in the morning to vote. Among those who cast their votes in the initial hours were BJP MP Kirit Solanki and party MLA Rakesh Shah.
Solanki voted at a booth in the Ranip area of Ahmedabad along with his wife and family members, while Shah cast his vote at a booth in the Ellisbridge area of the city. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also cast his vote at a booth in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad.
The main contest is between the BJP, which has ruled the six corporations for last several terms, and the main opposition Congress.