The BJP on Monday headed for a record sixth straight victory in Gujarat assembly polls, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, widening the party’s grip over the country’s politics with general elections only 18 months away.
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 chief Amit Shah.
According to Election Commission results and trends for all the 182 seats in Gujarat, the BJP won eight and was ahead in 94. It needs 93 to form a majority government. The Congress won five and was leading in 69.
Congress had won 61 seats in the 2012 elections while the BJP had got 115.
The BJP’s dip this time was touted by the Congress as a reflection of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s efforts during the campaign, when he appeared to have improved his stature as a politician.
BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah is addressing media after the party outperformed Congress in both Guarat and Himachal.
Here are the live updates of Amit Shah’s press conference:
# We are forming government by 2/3rd majority in Himachal Pradesh.
# This is a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation
# We have once again emerged triumphant.
# I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Hiamchal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them.
# Amit Shah Press Conference starts