Gujarat, Himachal Election Results Analysis: PM Modi thanks Gujarat for BJP’s historic win; Bhupendra Patel resigns as CM, set for another term
Gujarat, Himachal Assembly Election Results Analysis: The Congress saw a dismal outcome in Gujarat, while the Aam Aadmi Party has managed to gain a foothold in the state, and also garner enough votes to become a national party.
The Indian Express brings you real-time analysis of the results for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
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.
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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.
The Congress is all set to return to power in Himachal Pradesh, dislodging the BJP from power. In Gujarat, however, the Congress party was no match for the BJP, riding on the Narendra Modi-wave. Watch this space for an analysis of the election results.
On the surface, Gujarat 2022 looks, in the words of a BJP leader, a “neeras (colourless)” election. A Congress leader agreed that everything about it is “anmana (indifferent)”. There is no wave, even though the BJP seems set to win — its workers not fired by the enthusiasm they have shown in the past.
The Congress, which should have been upbeat, having come close to defeating the BJP in 2017, displays a fatigue. This when many, including BJP leaders, said this was the Congress’s election to take “101 taka” — if only it had got its act together and projected an effective leader. Today, many can’t even name who is its party chief or leader in the state Assembly.
Hurt by rising prices and economic distress, many talk about the need for “badlav”, some openly, others cautiously. How this plays out depends on the unanswered question in Gujarat 2022: is there an undercurrent for the political newbie, Aam Aadmi Party? -- Neerja Chowdhury writes
In the Congress, meanwhile, there is palpable tension about the results in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls that will be declared on December 8. The party is spending all its energies and focusing all its attention on making the Yatra a success, which, it believes, is getting huge traction. So will it translate into electoral success? Every single leader of the Congress is desperately hoping that “we should at least win one state.” The unsaid fear is that a defeat in both the states, Gujarat and Himachal Pardesh, could deflate the momentum created carefully around the Yatra.
The “one state” they are looking to win is Himachal. Rahul had stayed away from the hill state, but Priyanka invested herself into the Congress’s campaign there. But all eyes are on Gujarat. Not just for Rahul or the Congress, this week is crucial for the Opposition as a whole. The contours of the political opposition which will take on the Narendra Modi juggernaut in 2024 could well be written or rewritten in the wake of the Gujarat election outcome. -- Manoj C G writes