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Jo jeeta wohi sikandar, says BJP as party is set for victory in Gujarat, Himachal

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman describes election results as major victory for the BJP while Maharashtra CM says the results are a stamp on the leadership of PM Modi and Shah.

assembly elections Updated: Dec 18, 2017 15:35 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
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BJP workers celebrate party success in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh state assembly elections outside the BJP headquarters, in New Delhi, on Monday.(PTI)

The winner is king, and a victory is a victory, information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani said on Monday after the Gujarat election results, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to win though with a margin lower than it estimated.

“It is a matter of happiness for us. This is the victory of development,” Irani said as election trends and results showed the BJP poised to win Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Asked about the Congress bettering its performance and giving a tough fight to the BJP in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, the minister suggested that the victory margin did not matter.

“Jo jeeta wohi sikandar. It is victory of every (BJP) booth worker’s hard work and the people who trusted development.”

Asked to comment on the Gujarat victory, with a margin lower than what the party had touted, Irani said: “A victory is a victory. Are we not forming the government?”

“I am satisfied being victorious. I am happy that after 22 years, we have again won in Gujarat and we have won also in Himachal Pradesh. Congress lost in two states. It is a victory of the BJP on the issues of development in all areas. After decisive steps undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various fields, people have reposed faith in the BJP. PM has focused only on Vikas (development),” she added.

“It is true that the economy is on the path of recovery, but the people are with the BJP,” she added.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman described the election results as an “undoubtedly” major victory for the BJP. “’Sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth), has ultimately won,” she said.

Sitharaman told reporters that it was a “victory for all -- right from the booth level to Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- as voters have recognised who could deliver”.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the mandate is for the BJP’s politics of “vishwas” and “vikas”.

“The BJP came up with the politics of vishwas (trust) and vikas (development) for Gujarat and people responded to it positively. The Opposition tried to spread wrong messages against us, but we prevailed because of the leadership of Modi and national president Amit Shah,” he said.

“It was the common man’s trust that Modi can bring peace and prosperity. It is very important that even after 22 years, a party gets almost 50% votes of the people and retains power...It is very significant,” he said.

According to Fadnavis, with Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has won the 19th state in the country. “The results are a stamp on the leadership of Modi and Shah in the party and in the national politics,” he said.

The victory of the BJP in Gujarat shows the strength of the connect between Modi and the people of his home state, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said in Panaji.

“It is confirmation of next government. We will ensure that BJP wins handsomely in Karnataka,” Parrikar said, when asked if the Gujarat victory was an indicator of the popular mood ahead of the 2019 general elections.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 15:04 IST