Gujarat elections results 2017: After BJP’s crucial win in the polls, party leader Ram Madhav took a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and asked him to meditate on whether their alliance with Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakore had cost him the election or helped him. Madhav tweeted, ” Casteist agenda of Hardik, Jignesh, Alpesh troika has helped Congress or cost it the election? Congress has to search for answers coolly after all the details come out. BJP, in its 5th consecutive victory, will celebrate but candidly analyse too.”
The BJP today looked set to retain power in Gujarat, as the party won 15 seats and was leading in 85 others, leaving the main rival Congress behind in the bitterly-fought elections to the 182-member Assembly. The Congress has so far bagged 15 seats and was ahead in 62. The NCP and the Bhartiya Tribal Party won a seat each. The BJP, which has been in power in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state uninterruptedly since 1998, last time had won 115 seats while the Congress had 61. To form a government in the state, a party or a coalition needs at least 92 seats in the 182-member Assembly.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani retained the Rajkot West seat by defeating Congress’ Indranil Rajyaguru by 54,300 votes. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was also ahead of Congress candidate Jivabhai Patel in Mehsana. Among other prominent winners were BJP leader and Fisheries Minister Babubhai Bokhiriya, Suresh Patel, Raghav Makwana, Indrajitsinh Parmar.
In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 115 seats while the Congress emerged victorious in 61 seats. The BJP has won every election since 1995 in the home state of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. However, it was out of power for a couple of years due to party infighting and rebellion by Shankersinh Vaghela. The saffron party came back to power in 1998, and has ruled uninterrupted since then.