Ahmedabad: Voting for the election of six
municipal corporations in Gujarat consisting of major urban
areas of the state, will be held tomorrow.
The BJP and the main opposition party Congress had
extensively campaigned for the municipal polls by roping in
their national leaders.
The BJP made the arrest of Amit Shah, close aide of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, by CBI in Sohrabuddin
Sheikh fake encounter case as one of the main issues as all
its national leaders alleged that the arrest amounted to
misuse of CBI by the Congress and urged people to give reply
with ballot paper.
The Congress on the other hand had focused more on
local issues saying that the corporation polls were about
civic amenities and highlighted assistance given to the state
under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for development
of infrastructure in cities.
All the six municipal corporations -Ahmedabad, Surat,
Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamangar and Bhavnagar were won by the BJP
in the last elections.
More than 86 lakh voters in the six cities will be
eligible to exercise their franchise tomorrow (Sunday),
secretary of State Elections Commission P S Shah said.
Over 2,100 candidates are in fray for the 558 seats in
six municipal corporations, he added.
The State Elections Commission has set up 10,440
voting booths in the six municipal corporations of which about
2600 have been identified as sensitive and 774 declared as
very sensitive booths, Shah said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the
state police to ensure that the election passes off
peacefully, police official said adding that the State Reserve
Police has also been deployed at important spots.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to
the people to come out to vote in large numbers.
While Gujarat Congress leader Narhari Amin expressed
confidence about the victory of his party in the elections.
Meanwhile, election in the Saijpur Bogha ward of the
city were postponed due to death of Congress candidate Ganpat
Parmar this morning.
Parmar died of heart attack early today, party sources