Vivid News 24: In Gujarat, the BJP quickly achieved its best-ever outcome thanks to the AAP’s reduction of Congress votes. After many election routs, the Congress’ victory in Himachal Pradesh is a much-needed respite.
In Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP has won 97 seats and holds a commanding lead in 59 seats. The Congress, which performed well in the most recent election, has won seven seats and is leading in 10, falling short of the count of 77 predicted by the surveys taken in 2017.
With this election, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, which was hoping to make a significant political entrance in Gujarat, has won four seats and is leading in one. Gujarat has 182 seats, with 92 constituting a majority.
The BJP initially led in Himachal Pradesh, which has 68 seats, but the Congress caught up to it after an hour of counting. Beyond the halfway point of 34 seats, the Congress has won 35 members and is ahead by four. With 18 seats gained, the BJP leads with seven. Jairam Thakur, the current chief minister, conceded loss and promised that the BJP will “continue to play a beneficial role.”
In the Gujarat Assembly elections, the BJP scored higher than before. The Congress previously held the record, winning 149 seats in the 1985 state elections. The BJP had aggressively campaigned in the western state under the direction of PM Modi. After the election results were declared, the prime minister held more than 30 rallies.
With a margin of victory of over 1.92 lakh votes, Ahmedabad’s incumbent Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel declared a decisive victory in his district of Ghatlodia. Amit Shah, the home minister, has previously stated that Mr. Patel would take over as chief minister if the BJP won another election in one of its strongholds.
Even though Himachal Pradesh diligently switches between the BJP and the Congress every five years, the BJP had been counting on PM Modi’s accomplishments for a smooth transition to a second term.
The announcement by Prime Minister Modi of the launch of the Vande Bharat Express and the opening of a new AIIMS in Bilaspur sent a message of national progress to Himachal Pradesh. Jairam Thakur, the chief minister, was absent from numerous party billboards.
AAP essentially withdrew from the Himachal race in favour of Gujarat and Delhi. Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann conducted numerous rallies in Gujarat. It has launched the “parivartan” slogan in opposition to the BJP’s “Phir ek baar Modi Sarkar” (Another name for the Modi government) (change).
Even if AAP doesn’t manage a double-digit vote total, its presence in Gujarat is anticipated to disrupt Gujarat’s binary politics and provide the BJP a more tenacious and well-prepared opponent than the Congress. Party officials have previously stated that the AAP’s journey toward becoming a national party begins with this election.
The Congress was perceived as mounting a token campaign in Gujarat, where it won 77 seats in 2017, and in Himachal Pradesh, where the pattern of recent decades provides it an advantage, while concentrating on its larger Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Congress only won nine seats in the Delhi municipal elections, which attracted more votes than the Himachal Pradesh elections.