Pune BJP workers celebrate party’s win in Gujarat on a cautious note
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Pune BJP workers celebrate party’s win in Gujarat on a cautious note

BJP city unit leaders accepted that the poll results were not as expected.

pune Updated: Dec 19, 2017 15:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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BJP city unit workers and supporters celebrate the party’s victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh state elections on Monday.(HT Photo)

Although the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated its victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections, the party’s local leaders accepted that the results were alarming and that the party will need to introspect this victory by considering the growth of Congress party.

The BJP’s local unit celebrated the party’s victory on Monday. However, party workers stopped the celebrations abruptly after news of former Pune mayor Chanchala Kodre’s death. Kodre died due to a severe heart attack.

BJP’s city unit president Yogesh Gogawale said, “It is a great victory for the BJP in Gujarat and after ruling for 22 years, the people of Gujarat have once again retained their confidence in the BJP. The Congress had tried to play caste politics in the elections, but people have preferred development. Citizens also expressed confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.”

In the morning, there was a sense of worry among BJP workers as early trends showed Congress in the lead. As the picture changed by 10.30 am, party workers gathered near its office and began celebrating. While the celebrations were on, there was caution on part of senior BJP leaders, who in private, accepted that the party did not fair as per the expectations.

According to political observers, the latest victory for BJP in Gujarat brings caution on the part of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections. Nitin Birmal, professor of political science, said the Gujarat results showed the war between the industrial and agricultural segments with BJP winning the former, while Congress winning the latter. “The Patidar’s agitation is part of the agriculture crises. This is happening in all the states of the country. There is a complete divide between the citizens living on non-agricultural income and people depending on agriculture. The Congress got the point that the economy depends on agriculture.”

Another observer and activist Vivek Velankar said, “Though the BJP has won the election, it is clear that the people have punctured their arrogance by not giving them full majority. It is also a message to the party that if they do not consider the views of the economists and experts other than BJP, they might have to face trouble in the 2019’s Lok Sabha elections.”

Reacting to the party’s defeat, Congress city unit president Ramesh Bagwe said, the Gujarat results were satisfactory since their fight was against BJP, which used all its “might” during the election.

“The Gujarat people showed confidence in Rahul with results that will make an impact in Maharashtra during the coming days,” said Bagwe.As pointed by Bagwe, the mood among Congress workers was jubilant even as the party lost the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

“The Gujarat results has given the much-needed confidence to Congress workers and now they will work more harder in the coming days to bring a change in the rest of the country,” said Bagwe.

Alliance partner Shiv Sena’s city unit president Chandrakant Mokate, while trying to corner the BJP, said that Congress really has given a tough fight to the ruling party. Despite having all the resources, BJP was made to run by the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Narendra Modi’s home state.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s city unit president Ajay Shinde said, “Gujarat people themselves proved that the BJP is not doing any development. If Congress had a good base in Gujarat, today’s results would be different and there would be Congress party’s chief minister in the BJP-ruled state.”

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 15:34 IST