India, Feb. 23 -- After counting of votes for six municipal corporations in Gujarat began at 9am, early trends till 11am showed that ongoing farmers protest, fuel price rise are not likely to dent the ruling BJP's vote bank locally. In all six civic bodies - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar - BJP was ahead. According to ward-wise trends, BJP was leading on 162 seats, Congress on 45, AAP, 18 and AIMIM on 4 till 11am. Out of total 576 seats, early trends for 228 emerged till 11am.

Elections were held on Sunday for 192 seats across 48 wards in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, 120 seats across 30 wards in the Surat Municipal Corporation, 76 seats across 19 wards of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, 72 seats acros...