Dadra and Nagar Haveli bypoll results: Delkar-backed JD(U) dents BJP in DNH local body polls

By: Express News Service | Surat |

November 12, 2020 2:17:36 am

MP Mohan Delkar with JD(U) president Dharmesh Chauhan in Silvassa on Tuesday. (Express photograph)

With Independent MP Mohan Delkar extending assist to the JD(U) candidates, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a dent in the November 8 Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH union territory) local body elections, outcomes for which have been introduced Wednesday. While the celebration retained its edge over the JD(U) in the Silvassa municipality, it was decimated in the DNH district and gram panchayats.

The BJP, nevertheless, retained its lead in the Daman and Diu (DD) union territory local body, which additionally went to polls on Sunday. In the Daman municipality polls, it gained 11 seats, three of them uncontested after Independent candidates withdrew their nomination as a result of recognition of Jignesh Patel, brother of local Congress unit president Ketan Patel, who had joined the BJP six months again.

Of the 15 wards in the DNH’s Silvassa municipality, the BJP gained from 9 and the JD(U) six. In DNH district panchayat polls, the JD(U) managed to wrest 17 seats of the 20 seats, whereas BJP gained on three. Of the 20 DNH gram panchayat seats, the JD(U) candidates took management over 18, whereas the remaining two went to the BJP.

While the Silvassa municipality was beforehand run by the BJP, the DNH district panchayat was held by Delkar loyalists and the JD(U) had not gained a single seat in the local body elections in the union territory thus far.

In October, Delkar, a six-time parliamentarian from DNH who had parted method with the Congress forward of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, had entered into an alliance with the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led celebration for the district panchayat and Silvassa municipality elections. While the JD(U) is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, the 2 events contested the elections individually in the polls right here.

The Congress, which had contested from seven wards in Silvassa municipality and on two seats in DNH district panchayat, confronted an entire rout.

In Daman municipality polls, the BJP gained from 11 wards — the celebration was declared the uncontested winner on 2, 8, and 13 wards, whereas Independent candidates gained three, and the Congress one. In Daman district panchayat, the BJP gained 10 seats whereas the remaining six went to Independent candidates. Of the eight seats in Diu district panchayat, the BJP gained on 5 and Independent candidates three.

The Daman district panchayat was earlier held by the Congress, whereas the Daman municipality and Diu district panchayat was with the BJP. Vasu Patel, the BJP’s DNH and DD unit common secretary, stated, “People like the BJP and have voted for the party candidates in both the union territories. There is no public support for the Congress in both the union territories. (Mohan) Delkar-backed JD(U) candidates have dented us on some seats. We will work on our weaknesses and areas where we lacked and emerge stronger in the future.”

Congratulating the JD(U) for its good present in DNH local polls, Delkar stated, “We wanted to make a dent on the BJP and the JD(U) candidates supported by us have for the first time performed excellently. We have won in the DNH district panchayat. The results reflect the victory of the people and democracy. Now, our future planning will be to make our areas more developed by taking help from the Central government.”

Despite repeated makes an attempt, Congress’s Daman and Diu president couldn’t be reached for remark.

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