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Highlights: New BJP govt in Gujarat likely to be sworn in on Dec 25

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the Bharatiya Janata Party to victories in Himachal and Gujarat assembly elections. After the Election Commission declared the results, the BJP has deputed observers to oversee the selection of chief ministers in the two states. Here are the highlights:

india Updated: Dec 20, 2017 13:33 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party celebrating the party's victory in Gujarat assembly elections in Gandhinagar on December 18.(PTI Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party has won elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday, but the saffron party’s seat tally took a hit in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. “The Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long is unprecedented,” said Modi, thanking the voters in Gujarat for backing the BJP to a sixth consecutive term.

The Election Commission said the BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, more than the majority mark of 92 needed to form a government. But it lost 16 seats compared to the 2012 polls.

The BJP also defeated the Congress in Himachal by winning 44 out of the 68 seats. The BJP has deputed observers for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to oversee the selection of chief ministers in the two states.

Round-up of the Hindustan Times coverage of Gujarat, Himachal verdict

Here are highlights from the day after the Himachal and Gujarat election results:

7.05pm: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said the Gujarat assembly poll results were indicative of the “beginning of the end” of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

6.59 pm: The new BJP government in Gujarat is likely to be sworn in on December 25, party sources said.

“Due to the thin margin of victory this time, the party leadership may think of changing the chief minister,” sources said.

5. 40 pm: Rahul Gandhi campaigned with dignity and humbly accepted defeat after the results: Anand Sharma

5.30 pm: PM and entire cabinet was there. BJP campaigned at a scale which was never witnessed before. Still their voting share went down by 11%, we gained 2/3rd majority in rural Gujarat including Saurashtra, though not much in urban area: Congress leader Anand Sharma

3:28 pm: Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh tenders resignation, a day after his Congress party managed to bag only 21 seats in the 68-member assembly.

3.24 pm: Credibility of Congress and Rahul Gandhi is at an all time low, while PM Modi’s credibility is at an all time high not just in India but globally: Union minister Ananth Kumar on RahulGandhi’s remarks.

2.30pm: The BJP’s Prakash Javadekar responds to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on PM Modi:

--“In illusion only you can enjoy defeat as a victory,” says Javadekar on Gandhi’s “major jolt to BJP” remark.

--“What they are saying is an insult to the people’s verdict. This reflects dynastic arrogance.”

--“The (Rafale) deal that we struck; they think it is corruption. This was a trend during the UPA tenure, it has changed now. Rafale is an example of transparency. It’s a government-to-government deal.”

--“People who were involved in Bofors (scam), they will not understand this transparent process.”

--“They also spoke about Jay Shah... He tried to do business according to rules. And he faced losses. Those who think turnover is profit, what do we say about them... He didn’t get any government favour.”

--“In case of (Robert) Vadra -- he bought Rs 8 crore land from a person who gave him a Rs 8-crore loan. And when the Rs 8 crore land’s value goes up to Rs 50 crore in three months, its called a scam.”

--“I was amused to hear Rahul Gandhi saying there was a jolt to the BJP. We have won Himachal, the Congress has lost. The jolt is for the Congress.”

--“Out vote share has increased. They tried divisive politics.”

--“Let the Congress say in which state they have 49% vote share.”

--“NDA is in 19 states. The Congress is nowhere; they are receding. They don’t bother about losing; and they say it’s a jolt.”

“He (Gandhi) said Modi ji’s credibility has taken a hit. Absolutely not. Modi ji’s credibility is increasing day in and day out. Yesterday, he constantly reminded everyone that our mission is development.”

-- “The Congress is losing its credibility all over... He (Gandhi) is speaking as if they have won and we have lost.”

1.02pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi speaks on the Gujarat and Himachal election verdicts:

-- “Three-four months back, when we went to Gujarat, it was said the Congress party couldn’t fight the BJP. We did solid work for three-four months. Not just me, the AICC team and others. This is a massive jolt to the BJP”

-- “I found out people don’t believe in Modi ji’s Gujarat model. It’s hollow.”

-- “The campaign that we carried out, he (Modi) couldn’t answer the questions.”

-- “We could have won; there were some deficiencies.”

-- “Normally, a political leader visits -- like in Gujarat -- and thinks he will give the place his message. In 3 months, the people of Gujarat taught me a lot. The main thing was: however much anger, money and force you have, it can be fought with love.”

-- “What you saw in Gujarat elections... this is not my work. Gujarat has given Modi ji and BJP a message -- the anger you have will not come in handy.”

-- “Modi said this was an election fought on development; this was a stamp on the GST. But in his campaign, there was not talk of GST and demonetisation”

-- “There is a big question on Modi ji’s credibility. He has a credibility problem.”

-- “What he is saying, his organisation is repeating but the nation is not listening to it.”

-- “He (Modi) spoke about corruption non-stop. Why doesn’t he talk a word about Rafale and Jay Shah?”

12.53pm: “There is a question on Modi ji’s credibility,” says Congress president Rahul Gandhi

12.52pm: “Gujarat has given a message to Modi ji – the anger they have will not work for them; love will defeat it,” says Congress Rahul Gandhi

12.20pm: “The BJP made a narrow escape. If a little more anger would have transformed into votes, the results could have been different,” says Akhilesh Yadav on the BJP’s Gujarat win.

11.26am: The BJP’s win in Gujarat, its lowest victory margin in 22 years, is likely to have an impact on the political dynamics in Maharashtra. The victory comes with a message for the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is battling an agrarian crisis in his backyard as well as a troublesome ally.Full story

11.10am: “In Himachal Pradesh, one party unseats the other every five years; it is nothing new. Not taking names, but if some people wouldn’t have said certain wrong things, the Congress would have won in Gujarat. They managed a good show there,” says Farooq Abdullah.

11.09am: The BJP has a comfortable lead in terms of both vote share and seat share in the Gujarat election results. This does not mean that Gujarat 2017 was not a closely contested election. Here are four charts that prove this.

11am: “People of Gujarat have spoken in a clear voice - they stand for development,” tweets PM Modi.

10.47am:

10.30am: Buoyed by the BJP’s electoral success in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the Sensex rallies 143 points.

9.47am: The Shiv Sena says the ‘Gujarat model’ of development has been ‘shaken’. “Prime Minister evoked Gujarati identity, Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim in his campaigning but nobody talked about the so called development that has taken place in past 22 years,” says Saamana, the Sena’s mouthpiece.

9.35am: “Whatever the party will decide I will do. I am very happy that there is going to be BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. The party will improve the law and order situation in Himachal Pradesh,” says BJP leader Jairam Thakur.

9.30am: The BJP has deputed observers for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to oversee the selection of chief ministers in the two states. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and party general secretary Saroj Pandey have been sent to Gujarat, while defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and minister of steel Narendra Singh Tomar will be in Himachal Pradesh to attend the meeting of legislature parties in the two states.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 09:38 IST