Intro: BJP gets 53.33% vote share in Gujarat; AAP eats into Congress with 12-13% share
Gandhinagar: The BJP was headed for a record win in Gujarat, one of its bastions where it had lost a few layers of its sheen in 2017, while the Congress has recorded its lowest-ever tally in the state.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intense campaign and a meticulously planned organisation strategy, the party, which was limited to 99 five years ago, was on course to win more than 150 seats — more than its highest tally of 127 so far — and eclipse the Congress’s record of 149 seats in the 1985 Assembly polls that came on the back of a sympathy wave created by Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
Bhupendra Patel will be sworn in for a second term as Chief Minister of Gujarat on December 12, the party announced on Thursday. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 2 pm on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, state BJP president C R Paatil said.
He was addressing a press conference in the presence of Bhupendra Patel at the BJP office in Gandhinagar, where party supporters were seen celebrating the party’s victory.
Apart from the BJP’s surge, the AAP — which won the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections on December 7 — is important.
The party led in 5 seats in its debut election. If the trends get reflected in the actual results, it would be a big win for the AAP as Gujarat is a fertile field to grow as an alternative.
Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that Gujarat is considered a stronghold of the BJP, but we have been able to breach this fort. Next time, we will win the fort, he told party workers.
“Aam Aadmi Party has got about 13 per cent votes in Gujarat, till now 39 lakh votes have been received and counting is still going on. We are grateful to the people who reposed faith in us. This time we have succeeded in breaking the fort, next time we will win the fort”, Kejriwal said in a video message to the party workers
People blessed politics of development: Modi
New Delhi: After the record win in the Gujarat Assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Gujarat and said the people of Gujarat blessed the politics of development.
Modi took to Twitter to thank the people of Gujarat. He tweeted, “To all hardworking @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas I want to say – each of you is a champion! This historic win would never be possible without the exceptional hard work of our Karyakartas, who are the real strength of our Party”.
“Thank you Gujarat. I am overcome with a lot of emotions seeing the phenomenal election results. People blessed the politics of development and at the same time expressed a desire that they want this momentum to continue at a greater pace. I bow to Gujarat’s Jan Shakti”, expressed Modi on Twitter.
The BJP overcame anti-incumbency yet again after being in power for 27 years without losing an election since 1995.
Gujarat rejected those who engage in empty promises: Amit Shah
New Delhi: Reacting to the BJP registering a historic victory in Gujarat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Gujarat had rejected those who engaged in the politics of empty promises and appeasement.
Shah said that he salutes the people of Gujarat for the historic win.
He tagged Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and state BJP president CR Patil in a tweet and congratulated them and all the BJP workers who worked tirelessly for the victory under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chairmanship of JP Nadda.
Shah said that Gujarat had given an unprecedented acceptance to Modi’s BJP, which worked for development and public welfare.
The Home Minister said that the massive victory showed that every section of the society, be it women, youth or farmers, was wholeheartedly with the BJP.
He said that Gujarat had always created history, adding that the party broke the records of development in the state under Modi’s leadership in the last two decades, which is why the people blessed the party.