New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is seeking a record seventh consecutive term in Gujarat, has scheduled a swearing-in ceremony for Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the event.
The BJP now has a 158-seat lead (up 59) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. With just under 20 seats, Congress is in for its worst performance ever. The Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, has made inroads in Gujarat, largely at the expense of the Congress, after launching an aggressive campaign to make it a three-cornered contest for the first time. Three prominent AAP candidates, including chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi, have been defeated.
Himachal Pradesh, on the other hand, has proven to be a lifeline for the Congress, which has taken a clear lead over the BJP after a neck-and-neck race after five hours of counting. The outcome of the election in the hill state will determine the revival of the grand old party, which currently holds power only in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, both of which will hold elections in 2023.
The Samajwadi Party is leading in all three Uttar Pradesh by-elections, including the high-profile Lok Sabha seat of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. Padampur is led by the Biju Janta Dal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to party workers for ensuring victory in Gujarat, his home state. “I want to say to all the hardworking BJP Karyakartas: you are all champions! This historic victory would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of our Karyakartas, who are the true strength of our Party “He stated this in a Tweet.
PM Modi also expressed gratitude to the people of Himachal Pradesh for their love and support for the BJP. “We will continue to work to fulfill the state’s aspirations and raise people’s issues in the future,”