Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a majority to form the government in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. On one hand, where, the ‘Lotus’ bloomed for the sixth time in Gujarat, on the other hand, Virbhadra Singh was dethroned as the CM in Himachal Pradesh. Now as the year comes to a close, the action will shift to Karnataka where both the parties will fight for 244 legislative seats. The elections will take place next year. Notably, although the southern state is believed to be a stronghold of Congress which is also the ruling party, BJP believes that they will have a similar impact in Karnataka too. Karnataka’s BJP President, BS Yeddyurappa while talking to reporters said,”Victory in Gujarat & Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies & Gujarat model. They’ve voted for development & against corrupt Congress. It’ll have a positive impact in Karnataka.” BJP President during a press conference also said,”We will win the upcoming assembly election in 4 states, including Karnataka.” BJP won 99 seats, while Congress bagged 80 seats in Gujarat. Others managed 3 seats.
However, the lower-than-expected poll performance of the BJP in Gujarat suggests that the 2019 general elections are not going to be a cakewalk to the NDA lead party, a senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader said earlier in the day.
“The key takeaway (of Gujarat Assembly elections) is it’s not (going to be) a cakewalk for the BJP any more in 2019 election,” Telangana Rashtra Samiti Floor Leader in Lok Sabha, A P Jithender Reddy said. “They (BJP) have to basically again check their administration,” he said. Though the BJP is set to return to power in the western state, Reddy saw the electoral verdict as being a setback to the party.
“Definitely (it’s a setback). 103 seats (the projected BJP tally this afternoon) is not coming back to power (it should have been bigger number of seats),” he said. On the Gujarat Assembly election results, Reddy said,
“This is what I think is the demonetisation and GST effect. People have not really liked what has been done by the BJP government, and this is a ballot result they have given.”
He claimed that businessmen have been “suffering” due to the introduction of GST, and said the trading community in the state has seen “very bad times in the last three months”. “So this is a reflection of that, and also anti-incumbency,” Reddy added.
Meanwhile, Telangana Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party’s “victory” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He also appreciated the Congress party for putting up a strong fight in Gujarat Assembly elections.
“Congrats to BJP & @narendramodi Ji on retaining Gujarat & being victorious in Himachal Pradesh. Congrats INC on putting up a spirited fight. Democracy needs both a stable Government & a vibrant opposition. Let’s hope Good Governance takes centre stage & politics the backseat,” Rao tweeted.
The BJP workers in the state celebrated the victory of the BJP in both the states by distributing sweets. PM Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to express his joy. “Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories,” he said.