Delhi CM to hold roadshow in Surat after AAP opens account in Gujarat civic polls, winning 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation
Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Gujarat’s Surat today for a thanksgiving roadshow after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) scored seats in civic body polls in its debut, denting the Congress.
Poll results on Tuesday indicated AAP’s entry into Gujarat politics with 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation. The ruling BJP swept the polls held on Sunday across six municipal corporations in Gujarat, winning 483 out of 576 seats.
In Surat, the BJP retained power by winning 93 of 120 seats, but the remaining seats were won by AAP. The Congress, which had won 36 seats in the Surat civic body the last time, was reduced to zero seats and replaced by Arvind Kejriwal’s party as the main opposition.
AAP, contesting the Gujarat civic polls for the first time, had fielded 470 candidates.
The party apparently received support from the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), the organization agitating for quota for the powerful Patel community. The organization was once led by Hardik Patel, who is now the working president of Gujarat Congress. Riding on the anti-BJP wave created by the quota agitation in 2015, Congress managed to win 36 seats in the Patidar-dominated areas of Surat in the previous civic polls. In the 2017 Gujarat election, AAP had failed to win any seat despite Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign.
Gopal Italia, AAP’s Gujarat chief, said his party would now present itself as a new alternative in Gujarat and the beginning would be made from Surat.