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BJP’s majority in Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation; Pravin Patel as Mayor of Gandhinagar

Today, Pravin Patel Congress Councillor who is locally known as ‘Quality’ rejoined original political party BJP as party’s Mayor candidate. Pravin Patel was elected as new Mayor of Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation(GMC) where both BJP and Congress had won equal  number of 16 seats after recently concluded general elections for civic body. As both parties had won same number of seats, there was a situation of tie in Gandhinagar. The board meeting was called today to elect of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Pravin Patel, a popular local Councillor who was originally in BJP but had left the party and joined Congress due to denial of ticket for candidature in year 2011 GMC polls rejoined the BJP during the board meeting and was elected as Mayor while Devendrasinh Chavda was elected as Deputy Mayor. Manubhai Patel was made Standing Committee Chairman.  There was some obvious disturbance in board meeting from Congress side as it was a sudden shock for Congress Councillors to learn that one of their Councillors announced support to BJP. Some Congress Councillors tried to push Pravin Patel. More security force was deployed by District Superintendent of Police who also was present at Gandhinagar.