New Delhi, Dec 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained Gujarat in a tough battle with the Congress though it had to settle for far less number of seats than what party president Amit Shah had aimed for (150 seats). In Himachal Pradesh, however, it secured an easy win over the Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who campaigned hard in both the states, described the party’s victory as a success of his government’s good governance and development politics.
“Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories,” PM Modi tweeted.
“I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly,” he added.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, BJP president Amit Shah also hailed the BJP’s win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation.
“We have once again emerged triumphant. I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them,” Amit Shah said.
“The 2/3rd lead in Himachal Pradesh shows that people there want to join PM Narendra Modi in the journey to development. We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people’s support,” he added
While Congress projected Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation as anti-people decisions during the campaign, PM Modi was successful in highlighting them as measures needed to clean up black money and end corruption during his campaign blitz in his home state and Himachal Pradesh. (Also Read: Narendra Modi Delivers Gujarat, BJP Heaves a Sigh of Relief)
After surprisingly leading over the Bharatiya Janata Party at one point and sending the stock market crashing, the Congress began to trail to the BJP again. Election Commission officials said the Congress was expected to grab 75 seats.
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As the BJP crossed the half-way mark of 92, the BJP heaved a sigh of relief. But the trends were very different from the exit poll predictions of a sweeping win for the BJP. BJP President Amit Shah had repeatedly claimed that his party would bag 150 seats. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP was set to form the government with an easy win. The party was expected to win 44 seats in the 68-seat state Assembly.
As overjoyed Congress activists, expecting a victory, began celebrating early in the day, the stock markets took a beating. But the Congress celebrations were shortlived — and the stock markets made a quick recovery.
Modi, who had been the Gujarat Chief Minister from 2001 until he became the Prime Minister in 2014, flashed a V sign outside Parliament. Modi was the main campaigner for the BJP in Gujarat, his home state.
“We will form a government both in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in New Delhi.