The Congress is hoping to build on the gains in rural local bodies election, dubbed as the 'semi-final', to end BJP's 20-year in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls, while the result has come as a wake-up call for the ruling party.
A rattled state BJP government announced many pro-farmer decisions in just three days after the local bodies elections, including giving land on concessional rates to APMCs and farmers' groups, release of Narmada water for farmers and setting up food parks in five rural areas.
"Results in rural areas of Gujarat are not as per our expectations. But we will win over rural areas by our pro-people decisions and developmental works before the 2017 polls", state BJP minister Raman Vora said.
Out of power for 20 years, the Congress recently won 21 of the 31 district panchayats and 124 of the 230 taluka panchayats, while the BJP retained its hold over all six municipal corporations and 40 of 56 municipalities.
After its battering in Bihar, BJP's loss in rural local bodies in Gujarat comes more than a year after Narendra Modi, who ruled the state for 12 years, shifted to Delhi.
An upbeat Congress sees its win in district and taluka panchayats as a big opportunity to return to power in the next Assembly polls.

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