Ahmedabad: Taking advantage of the displeasure amongst Congress members and the wilfulness of Ahmedabad District Congress Committee (ADCC) president Khodaji Thakor to field his choice of candidate, the Bharatiya Janata Party has snatched victory in the Ahmedabad District Panchayat elections for the post of president and vice president. BJP’s Jitendra Singh was elected president of the Ahmedabad district panchayat after six members from the Congress party rebelled and declared their backing for BJP.

It is being believed that an operation to ‘poach’ members from the opposition party to ensure victory for the BJP was conducted with the help of a chairman of a top co-operative bank of Gujarat.

On the completion of the term of Pushpa Dabhi, the ADCC chief announced the name of Amarsinh as the candidate for district panchayat president. But that didn’t go down well with some members of the party. Manuji Thakor, held aspirations for the presidential post was upset by this decision by Khodaji. Both have a history of rivalry and it is said that Manuji had previously failed to get a ticket to contest the assembly polls because of Khodaji’s interference.

The middleman, in the form of the co-operative bank chairman, was successful in ‘poaching’ 6 out of the 18 Congress members into BJP and as a result, Congress got pushed into minority and the lotus bloomed in the Ahmedabad District Panchayat this time.

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