Gujarat Assembly Election Results 2022 Highlights: Bhupendra Patel elected legislative party leader, to continue as Chief Minister
Gujarat Election Result 2022 Highlights: This comes after Patel, along with his entire cabinet, tendered their resignation on Friday to pave the way for the formation of a new government in the state after the ruling BJP’s landslide victory in the Assembly elections.
Bhupendra Patel celebrates the BJP's victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)
Gujarat Legislative Assembly Election Result 2022 Highlights: Bhupendra Patel will continue as Gujarat Chief Minister for a second term after he was elected legislative party leader in a meeting of BJP MLAs on Saturday.
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This comes after Patel, along with his entire cabinet, tendered their resignation on Friday to pave the way for the formation of a new government in the state after the ruling BJP’s landslide victory in the Assembly elections. Patelwill be sworn in on December 12, and the oath-taking ceremony will take place at 2 pm on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
With Gujarat voting the BJP back for the seventh straight time, this election has made history in the state. The key takeaways of the 2022 election are the formidable, undiminished sway PM Modi holds over his home state; the readiness of a section of the voters to accept an “outsider,” and the rejection of the fatigued Congress. Although the AAP could not put up a great show in the state, the glimmer for the party was the 12.9-per cent vote share, five seats in the House — and that it had emerged as a national party.
Gujarat Election Result Live Updates: Gujarat voted the BJP back for the seventh straight time; Although the AAP could not put up a great show, its 12.9-per cent vote share meant it had emerged as a national party
Minutes after the Election Commission of India started releasing the Gujarat trends on Thursday morning, large banners came up outside the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi headquarters, announcing that the party, formed in 2012 on the back of a powerful anti-corruption movement, has turned “national”. But attaining the national status was the least that the AAP was hoping to achieve after having led an aggressive campaign in Gujarat, where the nature of electoral contests has been bipolar in nature ever since the formation of the state in 1960.
If Gujarat exemplifies the current invincibility of the BJP with almost double the vote share of its nearest rival in the state, Himachal Pradesh too brings into sharp focus the difficulties in displacing the BJP — Congress and BJP are practically tied there in terms of vote share. Both assembly outcomes alert us to the fact that the second dominant party system that emerged in 2014 is not showing any signs of decline. In a system dominated by one party, expectations of the Opposition often hinge on the ultimate possibility of voter fatigue if not voter response to genuine economic woes. Such expectations tend to ignore the capacity of the dominant party to keep the voters hooked to its rhetoric and leadership.
In the latest round of assembly elections, the two results go in two different directions. Therefore, critics of the BJP are likely to exaggerate the example of Himachal Pradesh and refuse to learn from the Gujarat results. While it would be misleading to read too much in the outcome in Himachal, the greater mistake will be to not understand the Gujarat outcome for its real message.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intense campaign and a meticulously planned organisation strategy, the party, which was limited to 99 five years ago, is on course to win more than 150 seats — more than its highest tally of 127 so far — and eclipse the Congress’s record of 149 seats in the 1985 Assembly polls that came on the back of a sympathy wave created by Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
Unlike in 2017, when the Congress launched a massive campaign and legwork to capitalise on a strong Patidar agitation and widespread anger among the farmer community against the then BJP government, the party did not have any major mass movement to deal with. But the anti-incumbency was strong and there has been complacency and fatigue among the cadre.