Imphal, Dec 18: The BJP wins majority seats for the fifth consecutive term in Gujarat, but by a lower margin of victory than last time, with the Congress giving it a scare earlier today.
Agency report said that of the 182 seats, BJP wins in 99 seats and Congress manage to get 80 seat while 3 goes to others. The BJP will form govt. at Gujarat as a party needs to win 92 of the state’s 182 assembly seats to form government.
Analysts have called the Gujarat election a pivotal moment, a contest important not only for the state but also national politics.
The BJP will also form the government in Himachal Pradesh with a big win, snatching another state from the Congress. Of the 68 seat BJP wins in 44 seats and Congress manage to regain in 20 seat while 4 were managed to win by others.
Media report said that counting for both the state assembly election began at 8 am. In early rounds of counting of votes in the Gujarat assembly elections, the BJP and Congress were neck and neck. The BJP then pulled ahead, but is now at 99, 16 short of the 115 it had won last time. The Congress wins in 80 seat, 19 up from the last assembly election.
Analysts have called the Gujarat election a pivotal moment, a contest important not only for the state but also national politics. A win today will give the BJP added momentum in the run-up to the 2019 national election after its sweep of Uttar Pradesh earlier this year.
Winning Gujarat, his home state, is also a matter of prestige for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a bitterly fought battle versus Rahul Gandhi, the Prime Minister made the election more about Gujarati pride and less about issues like development and economic policies raised by the new Congress president.
The BJP also sweep Himachal, wining in 44 of the state’s 68 assembly seats. The BJP had deviated from its strategy in recent state elections by naming a presumptive chief minister PK Dhumal. A party needs 35 seats or more to form government in Himachal Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath asks Congress to prepare for 20124. “The results have shown that the people of Gujarat and Himachal are strongly with the economic initiatives taken by Prime Minister Modi and will continue to support him to see India emerge as a global economic superpower,” Adityanath said. The monk-turned-chief minister also advised Opposition leaders to accept the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agency added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver the party workers at Ahmedabad today. It was the president of the BJP Amid Shah that usually deliver speech over election but this time the Prime minister had taken the task by himself.
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