Taking a jibe at Congress over BJP’s victory in Gujarat Assembly elections, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi posted this message on Twitter, “People of Gujarat have put their stamp on GST & Demonetisation. Gabbar has been demonetised in Gujarat.” During the campaign, Rahul Gandhi had attacked the Goods and Services Tax (GST), terming it ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’. This term refers to the celluloid villain Gabbar Singh, of the cult film Sholay. This tweet by Bihar deputy CM signifies that Demonetisation and GST tax reforms which were very much criticised by the opposition parties during the poll campaign, are accepted by the people of Gujarat through their verdict Earlier in Gujarat, during one his rallies, PM Narendra Modi had termed Rahul Gandhi’s take on GST as ‘Grand Stupid Thought’.
Earlier today celebrations broke out at the Gujarat BJP headquarters ‘Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar as soon as the trends suggested that the ruling party was poised for a victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state and in Himachal Pradesh. The BJP is headed for a record sixth straight victory in Gujarat assembly polls, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, widening the party’s grip over the country’s politics with general elections due in 2019.
The BJP called the results a vote for development pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was star campaigner in both states. The Congress took solace in the fact that it bettered its tally in Gujarat in the hometown of Modi. At this stage, the BJP had a vote share of 49.1 percent while it was 41.6 percent for the Congress in Gujarat.
The elections for the 182-seat Assembly were held on December 9 and 14, after an acrimonious campaign, which was dominated by a face-off between Prime Minister Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 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.