Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel will take oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat respectively for the second consecutive term on December 26
The BJP decision was formally announced Friday by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who, along with party leader Saroj Pandey, came to Gandhinagar as observers for the election. This will be the second term for Rupani and Patel.
Though the BJP's tally fell below 100 in a long time, Rupani's selection also suggested that the top party leadership wanted continuity before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The elected MLAs of Gujarat BJP named Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively.
Though outgoing Chief Minister Vijay Rupani remains a strong candidate to retain the post, there has been intense speculation that he might not be handed over the reins after the BJP failed to improve on its previous tally and fell short of the 100 mark.
Hardik and his supporters, who were on their bikes, had organised a roadshow on December 11, despite being denied permission by the district authorities, said police.
The bickering ally had yesterday also attacked the BJP claiming "the much-touted Gujarat model had shaken" and the poll outcome in the state was a "warning bell" to those who believe in an autocratic rule.
"The way the BJP is treating the Sena, I don't think they will contest together. Whereas both the Congress and the NCP are likely to contest general and assembly elections together."
“The Gujarat model is trembling and one hopes it will not collapse in 2019,” Uddhav said
On Monday, Congress workers in Dediapada broke into celebrations after Bhartiya Tribal Party president Mahesh Vasava won by a margin of 21,700 votes against sitting MLA Motisinh Vasava.
According to figures released by the Election Commission, over 1.8 per cent of the total votes cast in Gujarat polls went for NOTA.
Of the 49, Congress wrested 33 seats that the BJP won in the 2012 assembly elections while the BJP snatched 16 seats from the Congress.
From being a Congress councillor in 2010 to winning the Jamalpur ward as an Independent in 2015 and back to the party fold, emerging victorious in the 2017 Assembly polls, Khedawala’s journey has been an interesting one.
The meeting will be held in Ahmedabad on December 20-22 and Rahul Gandhi, who took over as party president on December 16, will be present on the last day of the shivir
VVPAT paper slips of 182 polling stations were counted as part of a pilot project initiated by the Election Commission that was reported by The Indian Express in October 2017
The party lost one more constituency in Banaskantha over the 2012 results, with two sitting ministers ending up second
BJP parliamentary board meets today to decide the next CM
On BJP workers rejoicing over the win, the Sena wondered whether the party had scored “such a scintillating victory” that it was worthy of being celebrated with dancing.
The study said that while the number of MLAs facing criminal cases decreased as compared to 2012, the number of 'crorepati' MLAs (those with assets of Rs 1 crore or more) has increased.
The Gujarat election was a battle of prestige for the BJP given that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah hail from the state.
The Gujarat debacle came after its equally dismal performance in Goa, when 38 of its 39 candidates had their deposits forfeited in the state Assembly elections there.
The ruling BJP did not put up any Muslim candidate in the state where the minority community accounts for 9.67 per cent of the population.
Gujarat election results: "Three-four months back, when we went to Gujarat, it was said that Congress cannot fight BJP. We did hark work for three-four months and you have seen the results. BJP has suffered a massive jolt," said Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.
Despite the Congress not being able to halt the BJP's ascent to power, the party has, however, managed to wrest a few seats in the constituencies where Rahul Gandhi had visited at least one temple.
Gujarat Assembly election results 2017: In 15 constituencies, the BJP managed to beat the Congress by a margin of less than 3,000 votes.
Gujarat election results 2017: The BJP’s performance, however, was not as impressive in other tribal-dominated seats and Congress candidates snatched seats from the saffron party in Tapi and Narmada districts.
Chirag Kalariya and Naushad Solanki were among the Congress winners
"There was anger against them (BJP). But there was an atmosphere of fear — there was a fear of Income Tax, ED, CBI and local government agencies," Gehlot said
Gujarat election results 2017: Mevani won from Vadgam, defeating his nearest BJP rival, Vijay Chakravarti, by 19,696 votes. Thakor emerged victorious from Radhanpur, trouncing BJP’s Lavingji Thakor by 14,857 votes
“It is not an ordinary win — it was an extraordinary victory,” Modi said and attributed it to Amit Shah.
Banerjee is now among the loudest anti-BJP voices in the country, with the Trinamool playing a key role in the opposition formation in Parliament alongside the Congress.
Among the prominent party leaders who lost are former state presidents Arjun Modhwadia (Porbandar) and Siddharth Patel (Dabhoi), AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi) and former Union minister Tushar Chaudhari (Mahuva)
The Congress retained most of these seats, largely in central and north Gujarat, and the party’s state unit president, Bharatsinh Solanki, called the results people’s way of giving a thumbs-down to “dhokebaaz (deceiving) leaders”
Though the party scraped through Gujarat, data suggests the BJP suffered electoral setbacks in Patidar-dominant areas of Saurashtra. This brings to the fore the fragility of the BJP’s strategy.
A former PAAS Surat convenor said the Hardik-led outfit’s somewhat confrontationist streak at times did not go down well with voters
The ferocity of the Congress campaign which managed to give the BJP some nervous moments has earned the new Congress leader quiet respect within and outside the party.