“Surely, these factors are impressive”
Bhartiya Janta Party, a conscious government that was free from all the controversy due to the appeal by none other than the face of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And, this troika factor helped the ruling party counter anti-incumbency in Gujarat.
The victorious win of BJP happened only after the appeal of Modi in urban areas, as the party won 46 of the 56 seats.
According to the political analyst Shirish Kashikar, “Urban voters still feel very strong emotional connect with Narendrabhai. This is what the result tells today. The proof of that appeal was seen especially in the industrial belt of Surat, where despite discontent over the Goods and Services Tax and Patidar quota proteMediasts, the BJP won 15 of 16 seats.”
PMO has traveled over the state broadly and covered about 30,000 kilometers, was also victorious in summoning Gujarati pride during the latter half of the campaign.
“Congress did a self -goal through senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s `neech’ comment against the PM’’, Kashikar added.
Political Analyst Jwalant Chhaya said:
“Though it was a short span, the leadership of chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel gave the BJP a much-needed stable period after the party witnessed challenges in social unrest and losses in local bodies.”
“This also remained a period with no corruption charges against the government.”
“Many people, especially Delhi-based media said that the party will lose out on the Patidar vote, there has been some loss, but the community still believes in the BJP,” a party functionary said.
BJP leaders refused the idea the party was suffering a rigorous challenge from recent leaders like Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, and Patidar leader Hardik Patel.
RSS functionary in Ahmedabad made a statement:
“There is the sense of pride in the Gujarati people, the state has better indices than most and the credit goes to the BJP’s administration. There might be discontent in some pockets, but there is no large-scale anger or disenchantment with the government Monday’s results have shown.”
Heeraman Tiwari of the Centre For Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University said, “In my opinion, it is a historic outcome, both in terms of the campaign and the victory.”
However, whatever the talks are, BJP’s sixth consecutive win the state was itself impressive.
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