Gujarat has yet again embraced development politics and rejected divisive tactics of a select few. pic.twitter.com/DesmRmwhpx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2017
The ‘Modi wave’ gained strength and progressively escalated in provincial elections, enabling the saffron party to stamp its political dominance in states previously ruled by the Congress. PM Modi lauds people’s ‘commitment’ to reforms, while Hardik Patel pins the blame on ‘hacked’ EVMs.
Wondering about BJP’s plan of action? Union minister JP Nadda has said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP General Secretary Saroj Pandey will go as observers to Gujarat and discuss about the leadership in the state. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar head to Himachal Pradesh to take up the leadership matter.
The BJP’s performance in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls is a victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development politics over “dirty caste politics” of Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and “All sections of society have voted above caste politics. This is a win of development politics of the Prime Minister. In Gujarat, OBC, patidar, dalit all were used for caste politics by the Congress but caste politics could not get success”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Said.
With the BJP looking set to win Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may become “more dictatorial”, fears CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy. The Left leader said he now expected the BJP to pursue the “Hindutva policies” more vigorously. “Narendra Modi may become more dictatorial. It is not a positive sign for Indian democracy,” Reddy told PTI.
# The Bharatiya Janata Party has retained power in Gujarat
# Latest trends show the BJP leading in 99 seats and the Congress ahead in 77.
# The BJP has fallen short of its 2012 tally of 115 seats
# The markets swung 1,100 points from red to green after BJP noses ahead
# Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor have both won from their respective constituencies
# Patidar leader Hardik Patel has accused the BJP of tampering with EVMs
# BJP has wrested Himachal Pradesh from the Congress..