The municipal society of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar in Gujarat will vote today. The count will take place on February 23.
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah will be in Gujarat today to vote in the Ahmedabad municipal elections, the BJP said.
Amit Shah will vote in the Naranpura district of the Ahmedabad municipal society.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, currently under treatment for COVID at Ahmedabad hospital, will vote at a polling station at Anil Gyan Mandir School in his hometown of Rajkot.
A week later, elections in 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will be held on February 28, with the count taking place on March 2.
BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and other small parties contest the elections.
However, the main fight will be between the BJP and Congress.
For the first time, the Aam Aadmi party is present at all the seats in the election of the civic body of Gujarat.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM makes its debut in Gujarat’s civic elections and fielded 21 candidates in six districts of Ahmedabad.
The son of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Faisal Patel, campaigned for the Congressional candidate for Ahemdabad municipal society, making his debut in politics.
In Vadodara, the Congress promised “a meeting destination with cafes” for young people in its manifesto.
Meanwhile, the BJP claimed to have already won 219 seats out of more than 8000 seats from all municipal corporations, municipalities, etc. who will go to the polls on February 21 and 28.
More than 43,000 police officers are deployed for the elections. The deployment would include 25,000 members of the regular units, 15,000 home guards and 3,000 members of the State Reserve Police (SRPF).