The Bharatiya Janata Party has won elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, but not without a dip in its stronghold in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
“The Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long is unprecedented,” said Modi, thanking the voters in Gujarat for backing the BJP to a sixth consecutive term.
The Election Commission said the BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, more than the majority mark of 92 needed to form a government. But it lost 16 seats compared to the 2012 polls.
The BJP also defeated the Congress in Himachal by winning 44 out of the 68 seats.
The BJP has deputed observers for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to oversee the selection of chief ministers in the two states.
The Shiv Sena says the ‘Gujarat model’ of development has been ‘shaken’. “Prime Minister evoked Gujarati identity, Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim in his campaigning but nobody talked about the so called development that has taken place in past 22 years,” says Saamana, the Sena’s mouthpiece.
The BJP has deputed observers for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to oversee the selection of chief ministers in the two states. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and party general secretary Saroj Pandey have been sent to Gujarat, while defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and minister of steel Narendra Singh Tomar will be in Himachal Pradesh to attend the meeting of legislature parties in the two states.