Gujarat, Himachal election victories show people’s support for PM Modi: BJP state leaders

BJP chief ministers said the wins in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections show people have once again reposed faith in the BJP leadership.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2017 18:08 IST
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BJP president Amit Shah flashes the victory sign as he arrives at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, after the party's victory in the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.(PTI)

State leaders and chief ministers of the BJP congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah for winning the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, saying there was no alternative to the party in the country.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said the BJP’s victory in the assembly elections showed people’s “unshakable faith in the agenda of development, caste-less and classless society”.

“I acknowledge with humility people’s verdict who have voted for @BJP4India and reposed faith in the politics of good governance - a dominant theme flourished by @narendramodi on the Indian political landscape,” Rupani tweeted.

“Abhar Gujarat (Thank you Gujarat)! It’s the victory of the people of Gujarat, their unshakable faith in the agenda of development, casteless & classless society. We are indeed blessed! And promise to live up to the expectations more than ever before,” he said.

Rupani also thanked the people of Rajkot from where he won by over 54,000 votes.

In Jaipur, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said it was a victory of Modi’s leadership and Shah’s organisational skills.

“The people of Gujarat have once again voted for development. They once again reposed faith in the BJP leadership. It shows there is no alternative to the BJP in the country.

“Results in Himachal Pradesh have proved that the country is moving ahead to become Congress-free,” Raje said in a statement.

In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described the BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as a victory of a campaign focused on development.

“The BJP has a leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is striving hard for an all-round development of the country. This is a gift of God that India has such a leader,” Chouhan said.

“While the country is moving fast on the path of development under the leadership of Modi, we have another hard-working person in party president Amit Shah, who has successfully steered the party to victory election after election,” he added.

“Modi is the ‘mukut-mani’ (jewel in the crown) of India and lives in the hearts of crores of Indians. On one hand, we have emerged victorious in Gujarat yet again, on the other, we have snatched power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh under his able guidance,” said Chouhan.

“The people of both states have once again showed trust in Modi, his development model and the BJP. We are thankful to the voters of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.”

In Bengaluru, the BJP was upbeat about wresting power from the Congress in poll-bound Karnataka after its victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

BJP state unit president BS Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that the “massive victory” of the party will also reflect in the assembly elections in the southern state due in April-May next year.

“The election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have shown that people have once again supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his pro-poor policies,” he said.

People of Himachal Pradesh have overthrown “corrupt” Congress government and have chosen the BJP, the former chief minister said.

“Karnataka will also similarly throw out the corrupt Congress government in the state in the 2018 elections. The Gujarat elections will have a positive impact over Karnataka’s elections too,” he said.

BJP leader and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said the assembly results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh depict people’s support for Modi’s policies.

“The results show that people are not actually against note ban and demonetisation policies and have supported our PM’s initiatives,” he said.

Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the BJP’s performance in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls is a victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development politics over “dirty caste politics” of Rahul Gandhi-led Congress.

“All sections of society have voted above caste politics. This is a win of development politics of the Prime Minister. In Gujarat, OBC, Patidar, Dalit all were used for caste politics by the Congress but caste politics could not get success,” he said.

Gadkari said the success of the BJP in both the states is “people’s approval of our policies, work done under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his development agenda”.

“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.”

Gadkari accused the Congress of leaving no stone unturned in portraying the BJP and the central government in bad light and added that “despite the Congress’ dirty caste-based politics, people have reposed faith in the BJP”.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:57 IST