Gujarat, Himachal election results 2017: It seems voters of Gujarat have rejected Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s claims against GST as Narendra Modi, Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party looks all set to form governments in Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh. Untill 12 pm, BJP was on way to win on 108 seats, while the Congress was trailing on 72 seats. In Himachal, the BJP looks all set to win over 40 out of 68 seats in the state. In both states, PM Narendra Modi led the BJP campaign from the front. Especially in Gujarat, it is apparent that Modi’s charisma has powered BJP. The prime minister had launched a campaign blitz amid reports of Congress making waves. The controversial campaign by the PM has, however, once again put BJP ahead of the rest, interestingly when the party is aiming to come back to power for the sixth consecutive term.
The trends of the Gujarat election result also show that Rahul Gandhi’s big claims against GST, state of Gujarat’s economy and jobs have fallen flat. Though, Rahul Gandhi’s campaign has helped Congress give a fight to the BJP. In 2012 assembly elections, Congress had won 61 seats out of 182, while the BJP had won 115 seats. During the campaign, Rahul Gandhi had attacked the Goods and Services Tax (GST), terming it ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’. During one his rallies, PM Modi had termed Rahul’s take on GST as ‘Grand Stupid Thought’. Following are some highlights of the Gujarat election result 2017:
- The first result in Gujarat polls today went to the BJP with its candidate and state fisheries minister Babubhai Bokhiriya winning the Porbandar seat, defeating senior Congress leader Arjun Modhvadia. Bokhiriya retained the seat for the saffron party by defeating Modhvadia by a margin of 1,855 votes.
- BJP has continued to remain favorite in urban areas of Gujarat, while the Congress continues its popularity in rural Gujarat.
- Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has won his debut election from Vadgam. He fought as an independent candidate but was supported by the Congress as the party withdrew its candidate.
- Celebrations broke out at the Gujarat BJP headquarters ‘Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar today as soon as the trends suggested that the ruling party was poised for a victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
- Congress leaders today said the party’s improved electoral performance in Gujarat was the result of their new chief Rahul Gandhi’s effective leadership and the beginning of his political story. While Kamal Nath pointed out that Gujarat is a BJP bastion and Shashi Tharoor appreciated the fact that the “journey” had been good, Renuka Chowdary hailed Gandhi for his “brilliant intervention”.