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Modi powers Gujarat win

Modi powers Gujarat win
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The BJP on Monday showed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, it has mastered the art of beating anti-incumbency....

Ahmedabad/New Delhi: The BJP on Monday showed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, it has mastered the art of beating anti-incumbency. The BJP registered sixth consecutive win in Gujarat Assembly elections dashing Congress' hope of returning to power in the state after 22 years.

The BJP has won 99 Assembly seats, while the Congress has improved its performance over 2012 bettering its tally from 61 to 77. The NCP emerged victorious on one seat, while the Bhartiya Tribal Party won two seats. An independent also won, while two others were leading.

The BJP has so far got 49.1 per cent of total votes poll, a slight increase from 48 per cent it had in 2012. The Congress had last time got 39 per cent vote share, which has increased to 41.4 per cent in 2017.

Reacting to the favourable election results, Modi said, "I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly."

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah asserted that the poll outcome in favour of the BJP is a victory of performance and development against political dynasty. Asked if there was a close fight with the Congress in Gujarat, he said having an eight per cent victory margin over the rival cannot be taken as 'kante ki takkar' (close fight).

He attributed the party's victory in Gujarat to Modi's popularity and public welfare works carried by the Centre and the state government. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the party accepted the people's verdict in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He thanked his party workers for fighting "anger with dignity" in the polls.

"The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me," Gandhi tweeted.

Patidar leader Hardik Patel alleged the saffron party played an "unfair game" by "tampering" with EVMs and using "money power". "I congratulate the BJP which has won by tampering with the EVMs. Though people of Gujarat had taken a decision (of uprooting the BJP), the ruling party won though money power and by tampering with EVMs," Hardik Patel said.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee termed the victory of the BJP in Gujarat as a moral defeat for the party saying the people of the state have given a "very balanced verdict at this hour."

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