New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday scripted history after registering a landslide victory in the crucial Gujarat assembly elections by winning over 115 seats. This is BJP’s sixth consecutive win in a row since 1995. BJP’s strongman, Narendra Modi, who hit a hat-trick by repeating his victory for third consecutive time, led the BJP for a massive victory in the 2012 assembly polls. Five ministers of Modi government cede ground to Cong, GPP JPN/Agencies
While the BJP won over 115 seats (results for a few seats still awaited), the Congress managed to win 60 seats. Keshubhai Patel's GPP failed to make a mark in the polls and remained confined to just two seats.
Maninagar: Modi defeats Cong’s Shweta Bhatt
The Gujarat Chief Minister managed to book an impressive victory in the Maninagar constituency after defeating Congress candidate and suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's wife Shweta Bhatt by a margin of over 86,000 votes.
The BJP strongman expressed his happiness over the win, saying it was time to move forward instead of looking behind. He posted a tweet, saying: "No need of looking behind ...FORWARD...We want infinite energy, infinite courage, infinite patience..."
BJP wins probable PM face for 2014
The outstanding victory of Narendra Modi has also sparked fresh debates over his prospects of emerging as the probable Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP for the 2014 General Elections.
However, the party top leaders remained tight-lipped over this question but there were strong indications within the party for launching Modi as its nominee for the PM post in next general election.
Adore or Abhor but you cannot ignore Modi
Narendra Modi, whose hat-trick in Gujarat could possibly provide him opportunity to emerge as a prime ministerial candidate of BJP in 2014, has always remained a leader with a difference, a personality one may love or hate but cannot ignore.
Modi who was not wearing party’s saffron colour, but preferred to go golden in a simple kurta met his mother Hira Ba Behen soon after the news of his success surfaced.
“Going to meet my Mother to seek her blessings on this memorable day,” Modi tweeted for his followers.
The BJP strongman went Obama style to express his happiness over the massive victory. He posted a tweet, saying: "No need of looking behind ...FORWARD...We want infinite energy, infinite courage, infinite patience..."
Soon after seeking blessings from his mother, the gracious winner met GPP leader Keshubhai Patel who had parted ways with BJP and launched a new political outfit to defeat Modi.
Even as Narendra Modi managed to make a hat-trick in Gujarat, five incumbent BJP ministers lost the electoral battle.
Among those defeated are three Cabinet ministers and two junior ministers.
While Agriculture Minister Dileep Sanghani went down to Congress' Paresh Dhanani by a margin of 29,893 votes from Amreli seat, his cabinet colleague and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas was humbled by Balvantsinh Rajput of Congress from Siddhpur assembly seat in Patan district by 25,824 votes.
Vyas, also a spokesperson for the state government, had defeated Rajput in the 2007 Assembly elections by a margin of 2,429 votes. However, delimitation considerably dented his prospects to clinch a consecutive win.
Another poll casualty was Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela who lost to Congress' Jethabhai Vaghela by a margin of 22,839 votes from Vadgam assembly constituency in Banaskantha district.
Among junior ministers, minister of state for Forest and Environment Kiritsinh Rana put up a brave fight but ultimately lost to sitting Congress MP Soma Ganda by a margin of 1,561 votes from Limbdi assembly seat in Surendranagar district.
Minister of state for Agriculture Kanubhai Bhalala was trounced by Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) president Keshubhai Patel from Visavadar seat by a margin of 42,186 votes.
BJP’s status in Gujarat polls
Former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah, Modi's Man Friday and an accused in alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, won Naranpura seat by a margin of over 63,000 votes.
BJP's Keshubhai Nakarai won the seat by 16,028 votes defeating Babubhai Mangukia of the Congress.
Modi’s charisma was visible across the state with the BJP performing outstandingly beyond region and religion. The BJP won a majority of the Muslim-dominated constituencies.
Blow to Congress
In major blow for the Congress, its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia lost the Porbandar seat to Babu Bokhiria of BJP by 17,146 votes, while Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil was defeated by Minister of State for fisheries Purushottam Solanki of the saffron party by 18,554 votes in Bhavnagar rural constituency.
Both were strong contenders for chief ministership in the event of Congress coming to power.
Owing responsibility for Congress’ failure, Modhwadia decided to step down as GPCC chief.
Soon after the defeat, the Congress heavyweight tweeted, “I accept voters' verdict and take responsibility of the results of my party. I tender my resignation from the post of GPCC president.”
Shankarsinh Vaghela of the Congress, however, managed to win Kapadvanj seat defeating Kanubhai Dabhi of BJP by a margin of 6597 votes. Vaghela, a five-time MP, is a former Chief Minister and Union Minister.
GPP fails in its ambitions
Another Modi rival and former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel, who had launched his Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) months ahead of the elections, to dent the prospects of the Gujarat Chief Minister, did not succeed in making any mark, as his party merely managed to just open its account.
GPP president Keshubhai Patel scored a facile victory in Visavadar in Saurashtra defeating BJP's Kanubhai Bhalala by over 42,000 votes.
GPP failed to put up a challenge to Modi and BJP even in the Saurashtra-Kutch belt where his Leuva Patel community holds sway.
Rebel BJP MLA Kanu Kalsaria, who formed his Sadbhavna Manch before the elections, bit the dust, finishing third in Gariadhar securing little over 10,000 votes.
The NCP which fought as alliance partner of Congress has won two seats.
Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) claimed victory in two seats and JD (U) and independents won on one seat each.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday scripted history after registering a landslide victory in the crucial Gujarat assembly elections by winning over 115 seats. This is BJP’s sixth consecutive win in a row since 1995.
BJP’s strongman, Narendra Modi, who hit a hat-trick by repeating his victory for third consecutive time, led the BJP for a massive victory in the 2012 assembly polls.
Five ministers of Modi government cede ground to Cong, GPP