Modi, Amit Shah Give A Caste Angle To Explain Underwhelming Gujarat Win

Modi, Amit Shah Give A Caste Angle To Explain Underwhelming Gujarat Win

Modi, Amit Shah Give A Caste Angle To Explain Underwhelming Gujarat Win

Party chief Amit Shah credited Modi's development agenda for prevailing over "family politics"-a thinly-veiled reference to Rahul and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has led Congress for generations".

While the defection of Congress MLAs to the BJP in the aftermath of then House Opposition leader Shankersinh Vaghela's resignation in July, taking the Congress's count down from 57 to 43 in the Assembly, was expected to prove critical for the party, most of the defectors who fought on BJP tickets lost. The BJP is likely to face tougher opposition when it tries to defeat Congress in Karnataka and be re-elected in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The Congress, too, has improved its vote share to 41.4 per cent.

The BJP's tally was just seven more than what the party needed to secure a majority in the Gujarat assembly.

As many as 338 candidates contested the 2017 assembly elections in Himachal of which only 5 per cent (19) were women candidates.

Health Minister JP Nadda said leaders like Arun Jaitley and Saroj Pandey will go to Gujarat while Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar to travel to Himachal to meet the MLAs of the respective states to decide on CMs, NDTV reported.

The Modi government is likely to address the matter in its next federal budget with populist measures targeted at farmers.

In 2012, the BJP won 115 seats out of total 182 seats while the Congress won 61 in Gujarat.

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According to analysts, the outcome indicated that there was a tide against the BJP in Gujarat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 18 December 2017 won Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017 by sweeping 44 of Himachal Pradesh's 68 seats. In a country like India, where some 70 percent of its 1.2 billion people depend on agriculture, the apparent rural-urban divide is not good news for the ruling party.

"We knew we would win all seats where we had faced deceit by our own leaders", Solanki said after the results on Monday.

A victory in the south will boost Congress' standing and morale ahead of elections in BJP-dominated Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh states next year. When the police raised objections and asked them not to disturb the traffic, the BJP workers clashed with them, said the police.

Modi had raked up caste angle in his election speech by joining issue with Mani Shankar Aiyar, who called him a "neech". In Gujarat, Modi must now be wary of what anti-incumbency can do in 2019 when he will seek his second term as the prime minister, especially if Rahul mends his ways, repackages himself yet another time and stitches up a Grand Alliance. "They will claim the gains as his (Rahul Gandhi) doing, when obviously, it is the work of Ahmed Patel, the general secretary of the Congress Party", Rao said.

Prominent OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, now with the Congress, and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani also won.

Despite the BJP wresting power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the saffron party's chief ministerial candidate, party veteran Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election from the Sujanpur constituency.

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