Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Narendra Modi the at party headquarters in Delhi on Monday, after securing victories in Himachal and Gujarat elections. Photo: AFP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Narendra Modi the at party headquarters in Delhi on Monday, after securing victories in Himachal and Gujarat elections. Photo: AFP

Election Results 2017 highlights: BJP wins in Gujarat, trounces Congress in Himachal

Several narratives have emerged from the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat election results declared today. Here’s a look at some of them:

OTHERS : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a record sixth straight victory in Gujarat elections, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, tightening the party’s grip over the country’s politics with general elections only 18 months away.At 7.30pm, the BJP was ahead in 99 seats, Gujarat election results showed, while the Congress gained on 77 seats. It also won 44 seats in Himachal Pradesh to secure majority.Track live updates on Gujarat election results hereJo jeeta wohi sikandar (whoever wins is the king),” said I&B minister Smriti Irani, when asked if the Congress gave it a tough fight. The BJP called the results a vote for development pushed by Prime Minister Narendera Modi, who was the tireless star campaigner in both states.The Congress took solace in the fact that it bettered its tally in Gujarat, the home turf of Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Still, when the final election results are in later today, it will be clear that another Congress-ruled state has slipped from its grasp into BJP control. It now rules only Karnataka and Punjab among the major states.Track live updates on Himachal election results hereAll said, Several narratives have emerged from the Himachal and Gujarat election results declared today. Here’s a look at some of them:

18 Dec 2017, 07:45:00 PM IST

BJP loses in Modi’s hometown Vadnagar

Although the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power in Gujarat, it lost the Unjha constituency in Mehsana district, which includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hometown Vadnagar, to Congress. Congress candidate Asha Patel defeated BJP nominee and sitting MLA Narayan Patel with a comfortable margin of over 19,000 votes to win the Unjha seat. read more

18 Dec 2017, 07:35:00 PM IST

BJP continues to draw urban votes, rural seats go to Congress

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s scratchy win in Gujarat elections has much to do with its dominance in the urban parts of the state. While the counting of votes is still on, available results and leads suggest the BJP has improved upon its 2012 performance in central Gujarat which largely accounts for the urban constituencies.On the contrary, a majority of the gains the Congress has made seem to be coming from rural Gujarat. Of the 61 assembly constituencies in central Gujarat, the BJP had won or was leading in 43 seats, six more than it had won in the 2012 Gujarat elections. The central Gujarat region includes urban parts like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar. read more

18 Dec 2017, 07:30:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi emerges as challenger to Narendra Modi

Newly appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi has emerged as challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the Congress managing to reach its highest seat tally and vote share in Gujarat in the last two decades.Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has managed to retain power in the state, its seat tally in the legislative assembly has come down by nearly 16 seats from the last assembly elections and 28 seats from its 2002 tally, according to trends. read more

18 Dec 2017, 07:25:00 PM IST

Congress accepts people’s verdict, fought anger with dignity: Rahul Gandhi

18 Dec 2017, 07:20:00 PM IST

How Congress took on BJP on its home turf, and lost

If elections are all about perception, the Congress has achieved a major breakthrough by making strong inroads in BJP’s citadel of Gujarat. For while the grand old party did not win, it did give the ruling party, which is headed for its fifth straight victory, its toughest battle in the home state of two of the country’s tallest leaders—Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah.Gujarat Elections 2017 is also being seen as a revival for Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who was recently elevated to the post. read more

18 Dec 2017, 07:15:00 PM IST

What Gujarat election results mean for business, economy, reforms and markets

Trends from counting of votes on Monday showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on course to retaining power in Gujarat and displace the incumbent government in Himachal Pradesh. However, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, current trends show the party would fall short of a two-thirds majority. Some experts see the closer-than-expected numbers—assuming current trends hold good—to mean that the government could veer towards populism in a bid to retain power at the Centre in the 2019 elections. read more

18 Dec 2017, 07:10:00 PM IST

Himachal election results: BJP CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal loses from Sujanpur

BJP’s chief ministerial face for Himachal electinons, Prem Kumar Dhumal, was defeated today from the Sujanpur seat even as his party appeared set to form the government in the hill state. The former chief minister lost to his Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana by about 3,500 votes. Dhumal accepted his defeat and said that the result was unexpected and the party would do introspection. He congratulated the winners and party workers for the spectacular victory in Himachal. Meanwhile, Varinder Kanwar, who won from Kutlehar in Una district, offered to vacate his seat for Dhumal.ALSO READ: Prem Kumar Dhumal, common man’s leader, loses by 3,500 votes

18 Dec 2017, 07:05:00 PM IST

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins Vadgam seat

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday won from Vadgam seat in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, defeating BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes. Photo: HT
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday won from Vadgam seat in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, defeating BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes. Photo: HT

18 Dec 2017, 07:04:00 PM IST

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins Vadgam seat

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday won from Vadgam seat in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, defeating BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes. Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee. Chakravarti got 75,801 votes.ALSO READ: Jignesh Mevani’s journey from Dalit agitation to poll battle

18 Dec 2017, 07:00:00 PM IST

Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot West after early scare

CM Vijay Rupani won from Rajkot West seat in the Gujarat elections by a heavy margin of 53,755 votes against Congress’s Indranil Rajyaguru. In the morning hours when the counting began, Rupani was trailing but later on marched ahead of his Congress rival. He polled a total of 1,31,586 votes against Rajyaguru’s 77,831votes.Earlier known as Rajkot-II, the seat is considered as ‘safe’ for the saffron party which has been representing it since 1985. Vajubhai Vala, incumbent governor of Karnataka, had won the seat seven times for the BJP — from 1985 to 2012.ALSO READ: Vijay Rupani, the CM who came in from the cold

18 Dec 2017, 06:55:00 PM IST

Himachal election results: Virbhadra Singh wins from Arki

Congress leader and Himachal Pradesh’s outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Modnay won the Arki Assembly seat in Solan, defeating Rattan Singh Pal of the BJP, according to the Election Commission. The 83-year-old party leader won by a margin of 6,051 votes. He polled 34,499 votes against Pal’s 28,448, the EC website said. The Assembly elections were held in the state on November 9.ALSO READ: Himachal Elections 2017 is Virbhadra Singh’s swansong

18 Dec 2017, 06:50:00 PM IST

Development has won, says Narendra Modi

18 Dec 2017, 06:45:00 PM IST

BJP says PM Narendra Modi’s popularity is intact

BJP leaders on Monday said the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat election results is a vote for development and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.While senior union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Prakash Javadekar, said the favourable election results reflect Modi’s leadership, party leaders like Sakshi Maharaj attributed the outcome to the prime minister’s “magic”.Minister Giriraj Singh termed the election results Rahul Gandhi’s first defeat as Congress president and asserted that his charisma did not work. “This is a vote for development and trust for Narendra Modi,” added union minister Jitendra Singh. Sakshi Maharaj said Rahul Gandhi “changes his colour like a chameleon”. “That is why he was visiting temples in Gujarat. But even that failed. This is the magic of our prime minister Narendra Modi,” he said. read more

18 Dec 2017, 06:40:00 PM IST

NOTA, Independents emerge as X-factors in Gujarat election results

Almost 2% of Gujarat voters chose the “none of the above”, or NOTA, option, effectively rejecting candidates across the political spectrum in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. That’s higher than the shares of five of seven parties contesting the Gujarat elections. The so-called NOTA—the lowest button on India’s electronic voting machines after a list of candidates—was introduced in India in 2013. It allows the citizen to exercise her democratic duty without having to opt for an undesirable candidate.The use of NOTA in Gujarat accompanies the Congress’s strongest showing in more than two decades, having tapped into discontent against Modi’s economic policies. India faces a shortage of well-paying jobs, which may well be the main election issue when Modi faces re-election in 2019.

18 Dec 2017, 06:30:00 PM IST

Alpesh Thakor is much more than a clueless dynast

It has been an embarrassment of riches for Gujarat as far as the emergence of new leaders (seemingly) is concerned. The 2017 state elections have been dominated by three young men, Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor, each riding the wave of the anger of their communities.Of the three, Thakor, at 40, is the oldest. He has taken the most conventional route of entry into politics by contesting on a Congress ticket from the Radhanpur seat of Patan district. On Monday, he defeated BJP’s Lavingji Thakor by close to 15,000 votes. read more

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