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BJP wins clear majority in Gujarat for sixth straight term

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained power in Gujarat for the record sixth time, as the party has won 95 seats and leading in four. The Congress has won 75 seats and leading on two, improving its seat tally from 2012 elections. The Election Commission has so far declared results for 175 seats.

The Gujarat election results are expected to have a bearing on the 2019 elections as PM Narendra Modi had come to power in 2014 based on the Gujarat “model of development”. The polls are also a litmus test for Rahul Gandhi, who just three days ago took charge as the Congress president.

Here are the latest updates and developments of Gujarat election results:

■ Finance minister Arun Jaitley, BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey will go as observers to discuss leadership in Gujarat, says union minister J.P. Nadda.

■ Gujarat deputy CM Nitin Patel retains Mehsana seat

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel retained his Patidar-dominated Mehsana seat, defeating his Congress rival Jivabhai Patel. After trailing initially, Nitin Patel finally emerged victorious, humbling Jivabhai Patel by a margin of 7,137 votes. The deputy chief minister secured 90,235 votes against 83,098 votes polled by his nearest Congress rival. Mehsana was the epicentre of the 2015 Patidar quota agitation. (PTI)

■ Congress is the real winner in Gujarat: Shiv Sena

After BJP retained Gujarat on Monday, its ally Shiv Sena said it was the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress which had emerged as the “real winner” in the election. Coming to power was no “big thing”, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, adding that the Congress might have lost the polls, but had “defeated” the BJP. “Although you see the BJP coming to power, the real winner is the Congress They may have lost, but have defeated the BJP,” Raut said. (PTI)

■ 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.

■ After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development: PM Narendra Modi

■ So many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear if anyone makes fun of ‘vikas’, says PM Narendra Modi. (ANI)

■ “In Gujarat, BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha elections. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too,” says PM Modi. (ANI)

■ Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long, says PM Narendra Modi in Delhi. (ANI)

■ PM Modi says “so many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear if anyone makes fun of ‘vikas’. After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development. 30 years back, poison of caste was spread so badly in Gujarat that it took workers like me 30 years to get rid of it. In last few months there were attempts again to sow seeds of casteism, but people rejected it, I congratulate them, but people must be alert.”

■ PM Modi says, “Support for BJP shows the nation is ready for reform agenda and every citizen wants India transformed. For me, Gujarat polls are a matter of double joy. I am so happy that after I left the state, my colleagues there continued the good work.”

■ PM Narendra Modi: “Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long. In Gujarat, BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too.”

■ PM Modi addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters. Modi says, “during UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra. The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you. Recent elections results have proven that the country is ready for reform, is looking towards things that perform in a positive way and believes in transformation.”

■ The CPI(M) today said discontent of the people of Gujarat against the BJP could have been channelised effectively if there was a credible opposition, while the CPI said the saffron party’s rule was being challenged. In a statement released today, the CPI(M) criticised the BJP, saying there was nothing to celebrate as compared to 115 seats the BJP won last time, this verdict was a “big fall from the Mission 150 declared by BJP chief Amit Shah”. (PTI)

■ BJP reaches half way mark, 1 seat short of majority in Gujarat, according to Election Commission tally. (PTI)

■ BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders felicitate PM Narendra Modi at BJP HQ in Delhi as party celebrates Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh win. PM Modi earlier arrived at the party headquarters and was received by Shah and others.

■ Akota: BJP’s Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile wins against Congress’ Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan by a margin of 57,139.

■ Gujarat election results show people’s faith in agenda of development: Vijay Rupani

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani today said the BJP’s victory in the assembly elections showed people’s “unshakable faith in the agenda of development, caste-less and classless society”. “I acknowledge with humility people’s verdict who have voted for @BJP4India and reposed faith in the politics of good governance—a dominant theme flourished by @narendramodi on the Indian political landscape,” Rupani tweeted. “Abhar Gujarat (Thank you Gujarat)! It’s the victory of the people of Gujarat, their unshakable faith in the agenda of development, casteless & classless society. We are indeed blessed! And promise to live up to the expectations more than ever before,” he said.

Rupani also thanked the people of Rajkot from where he won by over 54,000 votes. “I heartily thank my trustworthy voters of Rajkot for reposing trust & confidence. I am humbled by this victory. Thank you RAJKOT,” he said in another tweet. (PTI)

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