Gujarat, Himachal Assembly Election Result Highlights, Analysis: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tendered his resignation along with his entire cabinet on Friday to pave the way for formation of a new government in the state after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide victory in the Assembly elections. The BJP registered a historic victory in Gujarat by clinching 156 seats in the 182-member House. The Congress saw a dismal outcome in Gujarat, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has managed to gain a foothold in the state, and also garner enough votes to become a national party. The AAP story is consequential as it has dragged the Congress’s vote share to below 30 per cent for the first time in decades.
As the BJP registered a historic victory in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of the state. “I bow before people, their blessings are overwhelming,” he said addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters in Delhi. Modi said the support to BJP shows that people’s anger against dynasty rule and corruption was rising, and added that no party has done as much as the BJP has for women. However, as the party will be thrown out of power by the Congress party in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi said the BJP will keep working to fulfil the aspirations of the state. “I’m thankful to voters in Himachal also where our vote share was less than 1 per cent below that of winning party,” he said.
The Congress party is set to return to power in Himachal Pradesh, dislodging the BJP as it won 40 seats in the 68-member Assembly in the hill state which maintained its tradition of not voting any incumbent government to power since 1985. The win was much-needed for the otherwise deflated party. Meanwhile, the Congress has convened a meeting of all its newly-elected MLAs in Shimla on Friday where a resolution is likely to be passed authorising the party president to pick the next chief minister. Two party observers — Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and senior leader from Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda — along with AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla arrived in the state capital. Deciding on the chief ministerial face who can bind the party going forward is the immediate challenge for the Congress. State party president Pratibha Singh is considered a key frontrunner for the chief minister’s post, closely followed by former party chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and outgoing CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.
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