Assembly elections results for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have been declared today and Modi made an emphatic comeback in Gujarat while BJp lost badly to Congress in Himachal Pradesh.
In Gujarat, every news channel predicted in its exit polls about a BIG win for Narendra Modi. While the margin of his victory may not have been that big and his seat tally at 115 is 2 seats lower than 2007 numbers, this is still a huge victory. Modi fought this election alone without the support of BJP top brass or the RSS. Media sites like rediff and NDTv showed articles and news against Modi and promoted Congress to all ends but nothing seems to have worked for the Congress in Gujarat. Congress did manage to get 61 seats and it’s the first time they have gone past 60 since 1985, but that was mainly due to Keshubhai taking away BJP votes in Saurashtra region. Buit even with 61 seats, it’s a humiliating defeat for Congress and a huge morale boosting victory for Narendra Modi’s third term.
Himachal proved to be a spoil sport for BJP. Exit polls predicted a neck-n-neck race and when counting started in the morning, BJP was leading with a good margin. But as soon as the votes from mountain regions of Himachal started pouring in, Congress started gaining seats. Despite projecting a corruption tainted Virbhadra Singh and despite doing some good work in the state, Prem Kumar Dhumal fell pray to the internal politics of BJP itself where several local cadres worked towards defeating its own party. Himachal voters have also shown India that they do not vote on the basis of price rise, corruption or scam. They just pick alternate Govts every 5 years.
Today’s results are a clear indication that BJP needs to get its act together if it has to stand any chance of forming Govt in 2014. It has no leaders of the caliber of Narendra Modi and unless it decides to bring Modi to the Central fold, it’d be difficult for BJP to make any mark. Gadkari has proved a burden and a failure in Uttar Pradesh elections and now in Himachal. In 2013, Delhi and 6 other states will go to polls. BJP stands on chance in Delhi elections if it doesn’t project a strong CM candidate now. Despite having the tide against its policies, Congress has still managed to win Himachal pradesh and earlier Uttarakhand from BJP. So, unless BJP drastically changes its strategies, it’s not going to win any major polls at the Center.