1. Gujarat Election Result 2015: Congress scores big in rural part of state, BJP retains hold in urban pockets

Gujarat Election Result 2015: Congress scores big in rural part of state, BJP retains hold in urban pockets

Gujarat Election Result 2015: Leading in 18 of the 31 district panchayats of Gujarat, Congress today looked set to make an impressive comeback in rural areas of the state...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2015 10:52 PM

Gujarat Election Result 2015: Out of power for 20 years, the Congress today made a stunning comeback in the rural areas of Gujarat when it won 21 of the 31 district panchayats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained its hold over urban pockets clinching all six municipal corporations and 40 of 56 municipalities.

After its battering in Bihar, now the 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.

Out of the total 31 district panchayats, Congress won 21 and BJP six, while in four others no party emerged a clear winner as the many independents and other candidates emerged victorious. The BJP had won 30 district panchayats in the last elections held in 2010.

In 230 taluka panchayats having 4778 seats, the Congress won 2509, while BJP bagged 1981.

BJP, however, continued to be the preferred choice of the urban electorate, with the party clinching all six municipal corporations–Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamangar and Bhavnagar. BJP had won all these corporations in the 2010 polls too.

The party also won 40 of the 56 municipalities, while Congress bagged nine. In three municipalities, independents were winners and results were unclear in four others as none of the parties or independents got a clear majority. Congress had lifted six municipalities in 2010.

In the fight for prestigious Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the BJP managed to get 143 seats out of the total of 192.

In a significant victory for BJP, the party won Viramgam municipality which is the home town of Patel quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel.

The Congress was virtually obliterated from all tiers of power structure in the state after losing almost every election to BJP in the last 12 years under the leadership of then chief minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP had held sway over almost all the local bodies earlier in Modi’s home state.

The civic polls were a major test of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s popularity as these were the first important elections after Modi moved over to Delhi on becoming the Prime Minister.

The polls also came on the heels of the Patel quota stir. The politically influential Patels, who had hitherto supported BJP, were up in arms against the state government over police action during the quota agitation and the Congress had hoped to benefit from it.

The Patel leaders, who had launched the stir for inclusion of the caste under OBC category for reservation, had urged their community to vote against BJP and in favour of Congress.

Elated over the win, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said, “This is a mini-election of sorts for the state, where Congress has won in majority (rural) areas. This is a verdict against the state government.”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel said, “My sincere gratitude to the people of Gujarat. The BJP government has also paid a heavy price for their vindictive attitude and witch hunt towards the (Patel) agitators.”

“These results indicate the BJP government is on its way out in Gujarat. Results are a stepping stone for a Congress’ victory in 2017,” he said.

Chief Minister Patel said BJP will have to analyse the reasons for its poor performance in the rural areas.

“Though we have done well in municipal corporations and municipalities, it is also a fact that the results in district and taluka panchayat bodies are not up to the expectations,” Patel admitted while addressing party workers outside BJP office in Khanpur.

“We have been doing several developmental works across Gujarat. We have also undertaken an exercise to strengthen the party organisation. Still we have to now analyse what went wrong. We will find out and address these problems,” she said.

Congress had also given tickets to wives of leaders of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), an organisation floated by Hardik for quota agitation. Out of the total three who contested on Congress tickets two lost from Ahmedabad, while one Rekha Patel who contested from Morbi won.

In the Unjha municipality of Mehasana district, a town dominated by Patel community, 35 seats were won by the independents out of 36 as no candidate was ready to contest on BJP ticket.

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    1. Drrkd Goel
      Dec 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm
      There was no National leader in 2013 to be Prime Minister of India in 2014. Hence chice of Mr.Narendra Modiji. Read Late Mr B.Raman views == ERTION OF YOUTH POWER IN SUPPORT OF NARENDRA MODI‏ From: Rightstandup () You moved this message to its current location. Sent:15 April 2011 20:34PM To: Raman's strategic analysis April 15, 2011 ERTION OF YOUTH POWER IN SUPPORT OF NARENDRA MODI B.RAMAN The storm in the tea cup raised by some so-called secular elements over the praise by Anna Hazare, the social activist, of the rural development achievements of Shri Narendra Modi, their whipping-boy, in his State of Gujarat underlines once again the determination of these elements to keep Modi quarantined in his past and not to take cognizance of his achievements in ushering in an era of prosperity and development in Gujarat. All sections of the potion of the State---whatever be their religion or language--- have benefited from the efficient, corruption-free and people-friendly administration given by him to the State for the last three or four years. 2. The results achieved by him comparable to the results achieved in Western China---but not yet in coastal China--- demonstrate that we can catch up with China earlier than antited if only we had leaders with the kind of motivation, determination and vision that Modi has shown in developing his State. 3. Unfortunately, the so-called secular elements would rather keep Gujarat and the rest of the country backward and lagging behind China than acknowledge the record of Modi and let his Gujarat model of development become an Indian model. 4. The so-called secular elements that have taken up sword against Modi have only one objective---- keep him quarantined in his past and stop him from playing any role at the national level even if such a role would be of benefit to the country. The venom and hatred, which these elements keep spreading against him, are because of his strong Hindutva ideology, which is anathema to them, and his perceived sins of commission and omission during the horrendous acts of violence against our Muslim co-citizens in the aftermath of the macre of a number of Hindu pilgrims by some Muslims at the Godhra railway station in Gujarat in the beginning of 2002. 5.There has been a perception---not unjustified---that Modi did not, in the initial stages, deal with the explosive situation vigorously in order to protect the members of the Muslim community from brutal and beastly reprisal attacks by the Hindus. The fact that the Police subsequently took vigorous action to protect the Muslims ---as evidenced by the large number of Hindus killed in police-firing--- would not mitigate from the fact that in the initial hours after the news of the Godhra macre spread across the State, the administration dragged its feet in protecting the Muslims, thereby wittingly or unwittingly giving a free run to frenzied Hindu mobs. It was a horrible episode of which all of us have to be ashamed. 6. After the frenzy of the initial hours, the State Administration did move in vigorously to bring the situation under control. The fact that no effective action was taken in the initial hours has left a scar in the minds and hearts of Muslims. This scar is likely to take a long time to heal. The cases registered in connection with the brutal attacks on the Muslim community are under investigation or prosecution. The investigation made so far has not produced any evidence of complicity by Modi. 7. Under these cirstances, the right thing would have been to let the law take its own course in the cases registered and proposed to be registered and let Modi continue on the path of development of the State and not stand in the way of the aspirations of people, who want to see him play a much a larger political role at the national level so that the country as a w benefits from the kind of efficient administration he has given Gujarat. 8. Modi enjoys the unqualified support of large sections of the Gujarat potion and is increasingly admired for his drive and administrative aen in other parts of the country too by people who can by no means be called Hindutva ideologues. People, who look up to him and want him to increasingly play a pan-Indian role, are nationalists and as much secular in their outlook and beliefs as the so-called secularists whose main preoccupation has become stopping Modi at every stage. They are concerned over the slow rate of development, over the aggravating internal security situation and over India lagging behind China. They feel that the type of governance and leadership that Modi has provided to the people of Gujarat needs to be tried out in other parts of India too, but these so-called secular elements are not prepared to let Modi play his due role for the development of the country. 9. The unexpected success of the Anna Hazare movement in the initial stages of the battle against corruption was made possible by the ertion of youth power in support of his movement. There is a need for a similar ertion of youth power in support of the development model as experimented with in Gujarat by Modi and for its spread to other parts of India. The Stop Modi Movement by these elements has to be stopped and rolled back. Only youth power can do it. ( 15-4-11) ( The writer is Additional Secretary ( retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Insute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and ociate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies.. E-mail: ) Source Link
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      1. Drrkd Goel
        Dec 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm
        There was no National leader in 2013 to be Prime Minister of India in 2014. Hence chice of Mr.Narendra Modiji. Read Late Mr B.Raman views == ERTION OF YOUTH POWER IN SUPPORT OF NARENDRA MODI‏ From: Rightstandup () You moved this message to its current location. Sent:15 April 2011 20:34PM To: Raman's strategic analysis April 15, 2011 ERTION OF YOUTH POWER IN SUPPORT OF NARENDRA MODI B.RAMAN The storm in the tea cup raised by some so-called secular elements over the praise by Anna Hazare, the social activist, of the rural development achievements of Shri Narendra Modi, their whipping-boy, in his State of Gujarat underlines once again the determination of these elements to keep Modi quarantined in his past and not to take cognizance of his achievements in ushering in an era of prosperity and development in Gujarat. All sections of the potion of the State---whatever be their religion or language--- have benefited from the efficient, corruption-free and people-friendly administration given by him to the State for the last three or four years. 2. The results achieved by him comparable to the results achieved in Western China---but not yet in coastal China--- demonstrate that we can catch up with China earlier than antited if only we had leaders with the kind of motivation, determination and vision that Modi has shown in developing his State. 3. Unfortunately, the so-called secular elements would rather keep Gujarat and the rest of the country backward and lagging behind China than acknowledge the record of Modi and let his Gujarat model of development become an Indian model. 4. The so-called secular elements that have taken up sword against Modi have only one objective---- keep him quarantined in his past and stop him from playing any role at the national level even if such a role would be of benefit to the country. The venom and hatred, which these elements keep spreading against him, are because of his strong Hindutva ideology, which is anathema to them, and his perceived sins of commission and omission during the horrendous acts of violence against our Muslim co-citizens in the aftermath of the macre of a number of Hindu pilgrims by some Muslims at the Godhra railway station in Gujarat in the beginning of 2002. 5.There has been a perception---not unjustified---that Modi did not, in the initial stages, deal with the explosive situation vigorously in order to protect the members of the Muslim community from brutal and beastly reprisal attacks by the Hindus. The fact that the Police subsequently took vigorous action to protect the Muslims ---as evidenced by the large number of Hindus killed in police-firing--- would not mitigate from the fact that in the initial hours after the news of the Godhra macre spread across the State, the administration dragged its feet in protecting the Muslims, thereby wittingly or unwittingly giving a free run to frenzied Hindu mobs. It was a horrible episode of which all of us have to be ashamed. 6. After the frenzy of the initial hours, the State Administration did move in vigorously to bring the situation under control. The fact that no effective action was taken in the initial hours has left a scar in the minds and hearts of Muslims. This scar is likely to take a long time to heal. The cases registered in connection with the brutal attacks on the Muslim community are under investigation or prosecution. The investigation made so far has not produced any evidence of complicity by Modi. 7. Under these cirstances, the right thing would have been to let the law take its own course in the cases registered and proposed to be registered and let Modi continue on the path of development of the State and not stand in the way of the aspirations of people, who want to see him play a much a larger political role at the national level so that the country as a w benefits from the kind of efficient administration he has given Gujarat. 8. Modi enjoys the unqualified support of large sections of the Gujarat potion and is increasingly admired for his drive and administrative aen in other parts of the country too by people who can by no means be called Hindutva ideologues. People, who look up to him and want him to increasingly play a pan-Indian role, are nationalists and as much secular in their outlook and beliefs as the so-called secularists whose main preoccupation has become stopping Modi at every stage. They are concerned over the slow rate of development, over the aggravating internal security situation and over India lagging behind China. They feel that the type of governance and leadership that Modi has provided to the people of Gujarat needs to be tried out in other parts of India too, but these so-called secular elements are not prepared to let Modi play his due role for the development of the country. 9. The unexpected success of the Anna Hazare movement in the initial stages of the battle against corruption was made possible by the ertion of youth power in support of his movement. There is a need for a similar ertion of youth power in support of the development model as experimented with in Gujarat by Modi and for its spread to other parts of India. The Stop Modi Movement by these elements has to be stopped and rolled back. Only youth power can do it. ( 15-4-11) ( The writer is Additional Secretary ( retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Insute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and ociate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies.. E-mail: ) Source Link
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