Gujarat Election result 2017: The assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are extremely crucial for both BJP and Congress even as 2019 general elections loom on the national horizon. According to Election Commission of India, as of now, BJP is leading in 104 seats with 49.1 percent vote share. Congress, on the other hand, is leading in 72 constituencies with the vote share of 41.6 percent. The NCP is leading in 1 seat and vote percentage is 0.5 percent. The difference in vote share between BJP and Congress is 7.7 percent which lower than the one in 2012 Gujarat Elections indicating Congress gains. The trends clearly show that BJP will likely be winning even the closely fought contests in Gujarat while in Himachal Pradesh the saffron party is on its way to a comfortable victory. In 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections, the BJP’s vote share was 47.9 percent and Congress was 38.9, the difference was 9 percent. Then BJP managed to bag 115 seats out of 182 seats while Congress won 60 seats.
In an interesting development in this year’s election in Gujarat BJP has lost from Vadnagar in Unjha constituency which is PM Narendra Modi’s hometown. The Congress candidate Dr Asha Patel has secured over 43,000 votes from Vadnagar in Unjha. We can recall that Prime Minister went to campaign in his hometown and from there he coined the slogan “son of the soil” to woo the electorate. As far as trends show BJP will win both states but it is also time for BJP to realise that it is not a complete wave of BJP in PM’s home state.
In Himachal Pradesh 2017 elections, BJP is leading in 45 seats, Congress is distant second in 20 assembly constituencies. In 2012 elections Congress defeated BJP and won an outright majority by winning 36 of the 68 seats under the leadership of Virbhadra Singh. Congress vote share was 42.81 percent then. The BJP lagged far behind with just 26 seats and the vote share of 38.47 percent, while HLP won just 1 seat and other parties managed 18.72 percent. In 2017 BJP vote share in HP is 48.5 percent and Congress vote share is 41.4 percent.