21 January, 2021

Home Is Where The Vote Is! Gujarat's Generosity Helped BJP Brimmeth Over Congress

The Lok Sabha elections 2019 clearly proved BJP's stunning hold in Narendra Modi and Amit Shah's home turf, Gujarat. Hardik Patel's 'heroics' hardly helped Congress

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Home Is Where The Vote Is! Gujarat's Generosity Helped BJP Brimmeth Over Congress

The mandate was swift and decisive. The BJP swept Gujarat. Like it did in neighbouring states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Like it did across much of north India. There was little any commentator could say. The saffron party won all 26 seats in Narendra Modi’s home state this time, as it had done in 2014.

If the respectable show put up by the Congress in the 2017 assembly elections had boosted the party’s hopes, the resounding defeat in the general elections has again brought them to naught. In 2017, the Congress put up a gruelling fight and wrested 81 seats in the state, improving upon its 2012 tally of 61 seats. The BJP, down from 115 to 99, could still comfortably form the government. Come general elections and the Congress was relegated to a position of inconsequence. The victory margins soared above 5 lakh in as many as four constituencies. One is Gandhinagar—once represented by former deputy PM L.K. Advani—from where BJP chief Amit Shah contested. Shah had a lead of more than 5.5 lakh votes against C.J. Chavda of the Congress. Vadodara, one...



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