A confident BJP came out in celebration even as counting was on early Tuesday afternoon, with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP state president CR Paatil addressing a press conference at the party headquarters Shree Kamalam even as counting was on.
The by-elections were necessitated after the Congress MLAs resigned to join the BJP, of which five contested on saffron party tickets, retaining their constituencies.
The Congress that won 77 seats in the 2017 elections — its highest since the BJP first ruled Gujarat in 1995 — went down to 65 seats in the Gujarat Assembly. The BJP got 55.06 per cent share of votes while Congress’s share was 34.34 per cent.
Rupani called the victory a , “trailer” of upcoming elections of municipal corporation, panchayats and 2022 general assembly. “This election was held at a crucial stage and the faith people have put on BJP, the party will justify the same by committing itself to fulfill people’s expectations and dreams,” said Rupani, adding that the people voted in large numbers to give his party a huge lead notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic situation.