The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form their government in the state of Gujarat as it is leading in 98 seats, while the Congress+ stands on 81. According to latest trends, CM Vijay Rupani emerged as a winner from Rajkot West. Congress’s Arjun Modhwadiya lost from Porbandar to BJP’s Babubhai Bokhiriya by 1855 votes. Meanwhile, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 45 seats, Congress is distant second in 20 assembly constituencies. While the BJP is past the majority mark in the state, its CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing from Sujanpur. The counting of votes for 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh and 182 constituencies in Gujarat began this morning. The state of Himachal Pradesh went to polls on November 9, while elections were held in two phases in Gujarat on December 9 and 14. Take a look at the top takeaways from the Gujarat Election results here-
a. Congress does well in rural areas, BJP in Urban: Back during the 2012 Gujarat elections, Congress had won 49 of the 98 rural seats, while BJP triumphed in 44 seats. According to latest trends for 2017 Gujarat elections, the Congress Party seems to have done well in the rural areas, while the BJP has done well from the urban seats.
b. Muslim dominated seats: Muslim voters constitute 30 out of the total 182 assembly seats in the state of Gujarat which is equal to 9.67 per cent of the population in the state. This year there was a decline of 3.58 percent in voting by the community, as compared to the 3.61 percent drop in general polling. Overall, Muslim votes came down to 68.59 per cent this time as compared to the 72.17 percent in the previous elections. It is still early to say to which way the Muslim votes will go.
c. BJP regains lost ground in Saurashtra: The early rounds of counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly elections today indicated that the Congress party was in the lead in most of the 54 seats in Saurashtra-Kutch region. Congress’s Arjun Modhwadiya lost from Porbandar to BJP’s Babubhai Bokhiriya by 1855 votes. CM Vijay Rupani won from Rajkot West. Earlier in the day, sitting BJP MLA from Morbi, Kantilal Amrutiya was trailing behind his Congress challenger Brijesh Merja. Lalit Kagathara of Congress was ahead of his BJP rival Raghavji Gadara from Tankara seat while sitting Congress MLA from Wankaner, Mahamadjavid Pirzada was also leading his BJP challenger Jitu Somani.
d. BJP does well in Patel seats: As far as BJP’s performance in the Patel seats are concerned, BJP party is leading with over 20 seats, while the Congress party is trailing. The final figues are yet to be released.