Gujarat election result: Amid reports that there was a strong undercurrent against the ruling BJP in the state and that people were attracted towards the Congress, a surprising data has come up. According to the Election Commission, as many as 1.8% electorate (5,38,661) of the state opted NOTA (none of the above) option, choosing not to vote either for the BJP or the Congress. The BJP managed to get 14365097 votes (49.0%) while the Congress could get 41.5% votes (12149825) in the state. Among other parties, IND got 4.3% (1255908), BTP-0.8% (222694), BSP-0.7% (203271); NCP-0.6% (182264); AINHCP-0.3% (80570); RSPS – 0.2% (44928). Till 3.41 pm today, BJP had won 46 seats and maintained lead on 53 seats, while the Congress had won 44 seats and was leading on 33 seats.
The BJP has also won the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh. Reacting to poll results in bother states, PM Modi said, “Poll results in Gujarat and HP indicate strong support for politics of good governance. I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of Gujarat, HP; Will serve the people tirelessly.”
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani won from Vadgam seat in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, defeating BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes. Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee. Chakravarti got 75,801 votes.
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”.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani for winning his assembly seat. Rupani, of the BJP, retained the Rajkot West seat by defeating his nearest rival Indranil Rajyaguru of the Congress by a margin of 54,300 votes. Parrikar congratulated Rupani soon after the counting trends showed the BJP is heading towards retaining power in the state. “Congratulations to CM @vijayrupanibjp for an impressive victory in Rajkot West,” tweeted Parrikar.