13:53 February 23
As the counting for the local body elections in six Municipal Corporations in Gujarat progresses on Tuesday, the trending figures show that the BJP is leading in the majority of the seats, but it is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that is giving surprising results in Surat.
The AAP party secured wins in two wards of the Surat Municipal Corporation in ward numbers 4 and 16. All its eight candidates won with huge margins over the BJP and Congress.
The BJP is leading in 141 seats, Congress in 40 seats, AAP in 16 seats and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) in four seats out of the 201 trending seats in the initial rounds.
Results for the total 576 seats will be declared on Tuesday evening.
In Rajkot, BJP has won all the 24 seats of six wards.
In Ahmedabad, the BJP won the Sardarnagar, Jodhpur, Thaltej, Gota and eastern Ahmedabad wards winning all 20 seats.
The Dariyapur ward was captured by the Congress and it is also leading in Danilimda and Behrampura wards.
In Bhavnagar, out of the total 52 seats, the BJP is leading in 32 seats.
A skirmish was reported between the Congress workers, candidates and the police at the counting centre in Ahmedabad. Congress complained against the police that it was facilitating and letting the BJP workers have their cellphones inside the counting centre.
In Surat, out of the total 120 seats, the BJP is leading in 40 seats, Congress 4 and AAP 19, and the counting in the rest of the seats was being taken up.
In Vadodara, the BJP is leading in 33, Congress 7 and in Ahmedabad the BJP is leading in 71 and the Congress in 13 seats.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won three seats in Ward 6 of the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation.
11:50 February 23
According to the latest trends, BJP is leading in 241 seats, Congress in 35, AAP in 5 and AIMIM in 4 seats
09:42 February 23
Counting of votes polled in elections to six municipal corporations of Gujarat, including major cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara is underway.
08:43 February 23
Votes polled during Gujarat local body elections to be counted from 9 am today. Preparation underway.
08:03 February 23
Counting of votes for 6 Gujarat civic corporations today
Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Counting of votes polled in elections to six municipal corporations of Gujarat, including major cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, will be held on Tuesday with all eyes on the performance of the BJP which is in power in these civic bodies, officials said on Monday.
The counting will start at 9 am.
Polling for 576 seats in 144 wards across six civic bodies - Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar - was held on Sunday (February 21).
All these civic bodies are being currently ruled by the BJP.
"Designated staff would begin the counting of votes from 9 am on Tuesday at various counting centres in these six cities. People can watch live updates on our website," said MV Joshi, secretary, State Election Commission.
The State Election Commission (SEC) has said an average 46.08 per cent turnout was registered during voting which was held between 7 am and 6 pm on Sunday.
Ahmedabad recorded the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, while Jamnagar saw the highest turnout of 53.38 per cent, followed by 50.72 per cent in Rajkot, 49.46 per cent in Bhavnagar, 47.84 per cent in Vadodara and 47.14 per cent in Surat.
Of the total 1.14 crore voters registered in these major cities of Gujarat, 52.83 lakh had cast their ballots, the SEC said in a release.
Elections to 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats are scheduled on February 28.