After its impressive win in elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat, and also in the elections for district panchayats, taluka panchayats and municipalities, BJP routed the Congress. The party has put the appointments of board corporations on the back burner.
The BJP – it claimed victory in all 31 district panchayats, around 200 of 231 taluka panchayats and 75 of 81 municipalities which went to polls — that the Congress, which had made significant gains in 2015 when elections to these local bodies were held in the backdrop of the Patidar quota agitation, was washed out even in its bastions.
The duo – of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP state president CR Patil – got huge support during the elections. Before the polls, it was believed that before the 2022 assembly elections, the state government could make political appointments for the posts of chairman and managing directors of board corporations, which are vacant for some time now.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani resigned from their posts, taking responsibility for the debacle. It has set off alarm bells in the party given that the state Assembly elections are due next year. Another reshuffle is expected in the Congress party by the end of this month.