BJP continued its winning streak in North India with victories in recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections. The day of decision came up with a whole lot of surprises and there were a lot of twists and turns throughout the counting process which kept the excitement high throughout the day. Let us see how did the prominent names fare in both the states
How did prominent names fare in Himachal Pradesh?
The biggest shock for BJP came from Himachal Pradesh where the Chief Minister candidate of BJP and former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal lost in his own constituency. Ex-CM Virbhadra Singh although managed to win but the margin of victory was a small one. Vikramaditya Singh, son of Virbhadra Singh managed to win in his maiden attempt from Shimla rural constituency.
State BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti also lost contesting against Congress’s Satpal Singh Raizada from the Una constituency seat. Congress’s cabinet minister Prakash Chaudhary lost to BJP’s Inder Singh Gandhi in Balh constituency.
How did prominent names fare in Gujarat?
Prominent BJP leader Jeetu Vaghani, though was trailing in the initial phase of trend counting he eventually managed to win from the Bhavnagar West Constituency. The start was shaky even for CM Vijay Rupani and Ex CM Nitin Patel but in the end, they were able to win by a comfortable margin. PM Modi might have hit by surprise after the independent candidate Jignesh Mewani managed to win from the Vadgaon seat constituency which is the birthplace of PM Modi.
Surprise to Congress came from Porbandar constituency where the senior Congress leader Arjun Modwadia lost to Babubhai Bokhiriya who was a minister in BJP government and is one of the prominent BJP leaders in the state. Though he lost by a slim margin of 1855 seats, this defeat must have come as a shock to the senior leader and the Congress.
New entrants like Alpesh Thakur and Jignesh Mewani did well in their debut elections winning comfortably.