India’s ruling party wins Gujarat, Himachal elections

NEW DELHI– India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Legislative Assembly elections in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, while the opposition Congress Party conceded defeat.

The Right-wing BJP has won 58 seats and is leading in 41 others in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly poll while the Congress party managed to bag 50 seats and is leading in 27 constituencies, preliminary data from the Election Commission of India showed.

Three other smaller parties won three seats and are leading in three others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP also managed to bag 40 seats in the Assembly election of Himachal Pradesh leaving Congress, the ruling party in the state, winning just 20 seats, while smaller parties bagged the remaining seats.

Victory of BJP in both the states are considered as a result of Modi’s popularity whose party managed to overthrow the Congress party from many states including Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Assam, Uttarakhand, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur since BJP came to power in the centre under Modi after defeating the Congress in 2014 Parliamentary Elections.

Amid celebrations in party headquarters, Modi told reporters that BJP’s victory is a proof that the people of the country are still in support of his party’s deliverance and policies of his government.

On his part, newly elected Congress President Rahul Ghandi said: “The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me.

Source: Kuwait News Agency