Though the BJP today won Gujarat for the sixth successive time, the saffron party was completely routed in two districts of Saurashtra region. The Congress, which retained Amreli seat, dislodged the BJP from remaining four seats in Amreli district. Similarly, the Congress maintained its hold on Una constituency and defeated the saffron party from remaining three seats in neighbouring Gir Somnath district. Out of these nine constituencies in the two districts, seven had been held by the ruling party while the Congress represented Amreli and Una seats.
The Congress today added Somnath, Talala, and Kodinar to its kitty in Gir Somnath district and Dhari, Lathi, Savarkundla and Rajula seats in Amreli district. Among prominent contestants who lost today was Bavku Undhad of BJP (Amreli) who was humbled by sitting Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani. Undhad, the sitting MLA from Lathi seat, was fielded against Dhanani on Amreli seat. In Rajula constituency, Congress’ Amrish Der defeated sitting BJP MLA Hira Solanki. In Lathi, former Congress MP from Amreli, Virji Thummar, trounced BJP’s Gopal Vastapara.
Dilip Sanghani, the BJP candidate from Dhari seat, went down fighting against Congress’ J V Kakadiya. Punja Vansh, the sitting Congress MLA from Una, retained his seat by upsetting BJP’s Hari Solanki. Jasha Barad, the sitting BJP MLA and a minister, ceded the Somnath seat to Congress’ Vimal Chudasama. Govind Parmar, the sitting BJP MLA from Talala, bit the dust against Congress’ Bhagwan Ahir while Congress’ Mohan Vala defeated BJP’s Ram Vadher in Kodinar constituency. Saurashtra region covers 11 districts of the state.