The Gujarat election results are a wake-up call for the key political parties, as they gear up to draw strategies for the ensuing elections to three states.
Several MLAs are now in the running for the post including Union health minister J.P. Nadda.
The aggression of development, the militancy of cultural nationalism and the loud assertion of ‘shiny’ India have become the dominant discourse, and it is becoming extremely difficult to come out of its shadow.
While the BJP has set won 44 seats, the Congress could be satisfied as it has retained the vote share it secured in the last assembly elections.
The Election Commission’s official trends for Gujarat show BJP leading in 99 seats, Congress+ in 80, and others in three.
Will Himachal Pradesh repeat its anti-incumbency trend?
The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost Sujanpur assembly seat to Congress’ Rajinder Rana.
While the BJP is trying to keep the anger alive and blame the state government for the incident, the Congress is attempting to shift the focus to development.
While the BJP is relying heavily on tech to fight against anti-incumbency sentiment, the Congress is hoping ‘Raja’ Virbhadra Singh’s charisma will see it through.
While the party has been relentlessly campaigning for simultaneous elections to parliament and state assemblies, it has not expressed unhappiness with the decision not to align Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.