New Delhi, December 18: The Congress has made a dent in Bharatiya Janata Party’s aim of winning 150 seats in the 182-member Assembly in Gujarat. The Congress performed better than expected whereas the BJP just managed to cross the 100 mark as the counting of votes and results were declared on Monday. The Congress won both the constituencies in Tapi district and Dangs seat.
Nizar and Vyara seat falls into Tapi district. Congress’s Punabhai Dhedabhai Gamit once again defeated BJP candidate Arvindbhai Rumsibhai Chaudhari in Vyara by 24414 votes. Even in 2012 state polls, Gamit defeated his BJP rival by nearly 14,000 votes from the scheduled tribe reserved seat.
In Nizar seat, reserved for scheduled tribe, the Congress defeated BJP’s Kantibhai Reshmabhai Gamit by 23129 votes. In 2012 Assembly polls, BJP’s Gamit defeated Congress’s Pareshbhai Govindbhai Vasava by nearly 10,000 votes.
The Congress has registered a win in Dangs seat in a closely fought battle with the BJP. Congress’s Mangalbhai Gangajibhai Gavit defeated BJP’s Vijaybhai Rameshbhai Patel by just 768 votes. The 2017 Assembly polls result in Dangs is the repeat of 2012 state polls where the two were in fray.
Leaders of both the parties led an aggressive campaign and the polls were closely watched as they considered to be a big test ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The polling in Gujarat was held on December 9 and 14.