Why BJP bagged Himachal

Narendra Modi Prime Minister

Narendra Modi Prime Minister

His party bagged 77 seats, while the ruling BJP managed to retain power with 99 seats in the 182-member assembly.

He said, "As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, after he became Congress president, he has lost Himachal Pradesh and could not bring the Congress in power to Gujarat".

"Gujarat had given a message to the BJP and Modi that the anger within them would not work, Mr. Gandhi said".

The Sena said there were some who ridiculed Rahul Gandhi and Hardik Patel as "monkeys" compared to the BJP leadership.

"Anti-incumbency is not working", he added.

Gandhi, whose Congress Party performed above expectations, said: "It is a very good result for us".

"Gujarat has given me a lot of love". In Bapunagar, Congress's Himmatsinh Patel won by 3,067 votes against BJP's Jagrupsinh Rajput.

The withdrawal of high-value bank notes in late 2016 hit India's rural economy hard and its impact is still being felt in job losses and distress for small businesses. BJP Chief Amit Shah blamed the Congress and its allies for sowing the seeds of "caste politics" and the "low level of political discourse" for failing to achieve its 150 seat target.

Rahul Gandhi Congress President
Rahul Gandhi Congress President

The Modi government is likely to address the matter in its next federal budget with populist measures targeted at farmers.

Commenting on the poll results, The Hindu newspaper said: "Whatever the BJP leaders may say, the victory - by an extremely slim majority and well short of the 150-plus seats it aimed to win - is a setback". The BJP's count has increased from eight states to 19, while the Congress's has declined from 15 to six.

Modi, draped in a garland of flowers, thanked voters in Gujarat - his home state of 60 million people - for backing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a sixth consecutive term. Besides this, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won one seat, Bharatiya Tribal Party won 2 seats and three independent candidates also won the people's mandate. The unbeatable lead means Australia are once again the holders of the Ashes urn, which they had lost to England in 2015.

The region is the largest and of key importance since it sends the maximum number of legislators to the Gujarat Assembly.

"The Gujarat victory broadcasts to investors that the Modi Agenda is working and that the Prime Minister is headed for re-election in 2019", contends Ron Somers, former head of the U.S. -India Business Council and founder of the Washington, D.C. -based consultancy group, India First.

A parliamentary board meeting was held today after BJP claimed its twin win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

This is a win of development politics of the Prime Minister.

BJP fought the Himachal election keeping Prem Kumar Dhumal as their Chief Ministerial candidate but the senior leader's defeat gave the saffron party a task to choose a CM. And Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party has reasons to smile as it can justifiably argue about victory in its defeat. OBC leader Alpesh Thakor joined Congress in October, contested from Radhanpur and won.

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