AAP puts up strong show in Surat civic polls, is main oppositionFebruary 23, 2021 21:15
AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal
Putting up a strong show, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday won 27 seats in Surat municipal polls to emerge as the main Opposition party in the local body.
The Bharatiya Janata Party won 93 out of 120 seats to emerge as the winner. The Congress could not open its account in Surat.
The results show that Patidars, a dominant community that had in the past also supported Congress, have apparently moved away from the party.
Hardik Patel, the face of Patidar agitation in Gujarat, is working president of Gujarat Congress and the results are a big setback for the party.
In many wards, AAP candidates led by 10 to 20,000 votes.
The results are a boost for AAP which is looking to increase its footprint outside Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to visit Gujarat and hold a roadshow in Surat on February 26 in light of AAP's performance in Gujarat municipal polls.
"Heartfelt congratulations to the people of Gujarat for introducing new politics in the state," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
In a tweet from its official handle, AAP said it had "entered the BJP fort in Surat".
"The party is leading on many seats throughout Gujarat. Kejriwal's Delhi model is giving hope to the people of Gujarat. They stamped on the education and health politics of the AAP," the party said.