BJP rides out demonetisation in Gujarat, Maharashtra local body polls
Local body elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat point to the ruling BJP having gained from the demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.
In results to the municipal and zilla panchayat polls held in 16 districts of Gujarat, the BJP won 107 of the 126 where contests were held and gained seats held by the Congress.
PM Modi tweeted that the victories in the two states showed that people will not tolerate corruption and bad governance. The Congress has not touched 20 in Gujarat. This is despite the Patidar stir for reservation and the Dalit march seeking that land which had been promised to landless Dalits be released to them.
In the local polls in Maharashtra yesterday, the BJP won almost 900 of the 3,700 seats across 147 municipal councils and 17 gram panchayats. BJP candidates have been elected as mayors in 52 seats as well.
Though the Opposition has made demonetisation a big issue by holding up Parliament, the BJP was able to muscle its amendments to the Income Tax law for money deposited and seized through the Opposition din on Tuesday.
Despite the problems faced by many Indians and the almost 80 people who have died while in queues or for not having new notes, the people of Gujarat and Maharashtra seem to have approved the demonetisation.