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Assembly election results 2017: BJP set to trump Congress in Gujarat, win Himachal easily

Current trends show the BJP leading in 96 constituencies in the 182-seat Gujarat assembly, 5 ahead of the mid-way mark of 91.

assembly elections Updated: Dec 18, 2017 15:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Gujarat election result,Counting of votes,
BJP supporters at a rally in Gandhinagar.(PTI file )

The Bharatiya Janata Party looks set to edge out the Congress in Gujarat and win Himachal easily on Monday but it was the Congress which appeared to have made gigantic strides in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

At 3.30 pm, the results/rends showed the BJP winning in 46 constituencies and leading in 53 in the 182-seat Gujarat assembly, just ahead of the mid-way mark of 91. It also means a 15-seat drop from the 115 seats the BJP won in the 2012 election.

The Congress has made significant inroads, winning 42 and leading in 35. This is far better than the 57 seats it won in 2012, a number subsequently eroded by defections from its camp.

Clearly, the pro-factors (a coalition of Patidars, other backward classes, and Dalits) and the anti-ones (anger over the agrarian crisis, demomentisation, and the Goods and Services Tax) have worked for the Congress.

For Rahul Gandhi, especially, this win is a big leg-up. He has just taken over as president of the Congress and was the face of the party in the Gujarat election, just like Narendra Modi was for his party.

In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP looks set to win at least 44 seats in the 68-member assembly. Himachal will become the 19th Indian state to be governed by the BJP and its allies. No party and alliance has ever held sway in as many.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 10:05 IST