Ahead of the declaration of the result for the state of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his big talk of a surprise in the saffron state. Swamy predicted a 105 seat victory for BJP and was quoted as saying, “The numbers are oscillating depending on cities that are counted first. I was anticipating 105 seats. Congress was out of question despite the drama of temple visits.” Earlier in the day the leader provided his views about what lieas ahead for Indian polity that is, at the moment, split with BJP in lead and Congress trailing. Swamy took to Twitter and shared posts saying, “I put on record that 95+_ was predicted throughout to me by Nalapat and my daughter Suhasini. Foreigners: 80+_. Ram Mandir is the difference.” In another post, he said, “2019 will be perhaps soft bogus Hindutva + failing economy versus genuine hindutva and anti corruption.” However, Swamy termed as laughable the target of 150 that some in BJP were predicting for the party before counting started.
The ‘soft bogus Hindutva’ was made by Swamy after Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to temples earlier in the year were being seen as a change in tactics by the Grand Old Party that has adopted a soft Hindutva strategy. In a prior interview today, Swamy as quoted by ANI has said, “It is still too early to say anything, and we still have to wait for the results, but we are winning the majority there is no doubt about that. BJP will win majority in both the states and that in itself is a big victory.” He further gave out his own predictions and said, “According to my prediction, 105 is the minimum and 120 is the maximum.”
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.