Voting for the six municipal corporations Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar-- will be held on November 22. All these civic bodies are currently being ruled by the BJP.

Even as Chief minister Anandiben Patel steered the BJP campaign, on Congress behalf state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki was at the helm. However, lack of enthusiasm about the local bodies poll among people made the overall campaign lackluster and dull.

Nonetheless, statements made by some Patel community leaders, who have turned against the ruling BJP as the party has not accepted their demand of quota, added some flavour to the campaign. Traditionally, Patels were considered as staunch supporters of BJP.

For BJP, stakes are high in these elections, as it is an tough task for the saffron party to retain power in the all the municipal bodies. These elections are being viewed as a litmus test for Anandiben Patel, who had taken over as the state CM after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister.

Before the municipal polls, the state witnessed an agitation by the numerically-strong Patel community over reservation issue. The detention of quota leader Hardik Patel during one of the rallies triggered violence, which claimed the lives of ten people, including a policemen.

However, the agitation lost its sheen after the state government arrested Hardik Patel and three others under sedition charges.

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