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Gujarat civic elections LIVE: Congress trails as BJP inches ahead in Surat with leads on 33 seats
Ahmedabad: Counting of votes for the recently held civic elections in Gujarat, a litmus test for the ruling BJP against the backdrop of Patel quota agitation, is currently underway amid unprecedented security. Here are the live updates:- As per latest trends available around 10. 35 am, BJP has inched ahead in Surat with leads on 33 seats Close contest in Surat between Congress and BJP. Congress has taken a lead in Bhavnagar and is leading on 20 seats while BJP is leading on 14 seats. As of now, BJP is reported to be going strong against Congress and is leading on 18 seats in Rajkot. Here is a picture of election officials counting votes at a centre in VadodaraHere is a picture of election officials counting votes at a centre in Vadodara.. Gujarat civic polls trends available at 10.15 am: In Vadodara, BJP is ahead on 17 seats, Congress on 7, meanwhile, Congress is surging ahead in Surat on 30 seats and BJP in 20. As per trends available around 10.00 am, BJP has maintained a comfortable lead in Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, while Congress is going ahead in Surat. As per trends available around 9.55 am, Congress is leading in Surat, close contest between Congress and BJP reported in Rajkot; BJP maintains lead in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. As per the latest trends available around 9.40 am, Congress has raced ahead in Surat while BJP leads in Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Jamnagar. Congress is leading on two seats in In Vadodara, while BJP is ahead on four seats and has won one. As per the trends available around 9.20 am, Congress is reported to leading on 16 seats in Surat while the BJP is leading on 10. BJP, meanwhile, has won one seat. The BJP has also maintained lead on one seat in Surat. As per the early trends, the BJP is leading on one seat in Vadodara. -Voting for six municipal corporations was held on November 26, while that for 31 district panchayats, 230 taluka panchayats and 56 municipalities was held on November 29. The six municipal corporations registered only 45% voter turn-out, but elsewhere it was over 60%. The elections are being seen as a challenge for the BJP and the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as they come after the Patel quota stir. These are also the first major elections in the state after Anandiben took over from Narendra Modi. The Congress is hoping to make a comeback in the state, cashing in on resentment of the Patel community against BJP. Patel leaders who are demanding inclusion in the OBC quota had appealed the community members to vote against BJP and for Congress ahead of the elections. All the six municipal corporations - Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, and Bhavnagar - are at present controlled by the BJP. Most of the other local bodies in rural and semi-urban areas too are controlled by the BJP. The State Election Commission (SEC) had on Tuesday conducted re-polling at a booth each in Dahod and Mahisagar districts.