Gujarat Verdict: Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel today lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP saying the ruling party in Gujarat has won the election with the help of EVM-tampering and money power. “There has been tampering in EVMs in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs are hackable,” Patel said. In a sarcastic manner, Patel even congratulated BJP for conducting EVM-tampering. He, however, said that Congress’ performance does not matter for them. Patel asserted that his fight will continue. Patel’s remarks come even as BJP and Congress are engaged in a tough fight with the ruling party leading 98 seats.
Even though it is a tough contest, BJP today headed for a record sixth straight victory in Gujarat assembly polls, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, tightening the party’s grip over the country’s politics with general elections only 18 months away. “Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar (whoever wins is the king), said Union minister Smriti Irani, when asked if the Congress gave it a tough fight.
The BJP called the results a vote for development pushed by PM Modi, who was the tireless star campaigner in both states. The Congress took solace in the fact that it bettered its tally in Gujarat, the home turf of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
Still, when the final results are in later today, it will be clear that another Congress-ruled state has slipped from its grasp into BJP control. It now rules only Karnataka and Punjab among the major states.
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“This is a vote for development and trust for Narendra Modi,” Union minister Jitendra Singh told reporters.
“We have set a record in the history of the BJP by winning consecutive assembly polls… Anti-incumbency is not working there. The prime minister’s popularity is intact. Amit Shah’s strategy has worked,” BJP vice-president Shyam Jaju said.
As the victories became clear, party workers gathered in the streets and headquarters, distributing sweets and bursting firecrackers.
According to Election Commission results and trends for the 182 seats in Gujarat, the BJP won 17 and was ahead in 84. It needs 93 to form a majority government. The Congress won 15 and was leading in 61. Congress had won 61 seats in the 2012 elections while the BJP had got 115.