Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 live updates: BJP wins but Congress not far behind

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 live updates. Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

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07:55pm: Moments away from the final results, the tally stands as follows:

BJP has won 97 seats and is leading in 2, Congress has won 75 and is leading in 2. NCP has won 1. BTP has won 2 and other independent candidates have won 3 seats.

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06:55pm: “30 years ago, the poison of caste was spread so badly in Gujarat that it took workers like me 30 years to get rid of it. In last few months there were attempts again to sow seeds of casteism, but people rejected it. I congratulate them, but people must be alert,” PM Narendra Modi.

06:48pm: PM Modi: "The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don't do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you." 

06:40pm: “During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra. But now the entire nation is joining our ‘vikas yatra’. Support for BJP shows the nation is ready for reform agenda and every citizen wants India transformed,” PM Narendra Modi at BJP HQ in Delhi.

06:36pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after BJP victory in Gujarat

06:33pm: This journey of “vikas” will not come to a stop. Next will be Tripura, Karnataka, Mizoram and Meghalaya. – BJP vice-president Amit Shah.

Also read: Member of Jignesh Mevani's campaign team on how the young Dalit icon beat BJP

06:26pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee weighs in on BJP's Gujarat victory. (via PTI)

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06:07pm: “The BJP's performance in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls is a victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development politics over ‘dirty caste politics’ of Rahul Gandhi-led Congress. All sections of society have voted above caste politics. This is a win of development politics of the prime minister. In Gujarat, OBC, patidar, dalit all were used for caste politics by the Congress but caste politics could not get success," said Union minister Nitin Gadkari said. (via PTI)

06:03pm: The Election Commission has declared BJP’s victory in 88 seats while having a lead in 11 others; and Congress’ victory in 73 seats and the party’s lead in 4 others.

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05:59pm: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani thanks Narendra Modi for “leaving no stone unturned” in polls

05:56pm: The Congress party tweets, “see you on the campaign trail in 2018!”


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05:18pm: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor congratulates new governments in both states (Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh)

05:15pm: "I would like to give credit for this victory to the people of Gujarat, also give assurance that in the coming five years BJP will work towards what the people of the state want," says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.

05:13pm: “This victory reiterates pan-India trust of people in the development agenda and policies of our government led by PM Narendra Modi ji,” says finance minister Arun Jaitley.

04:48pm: The battle is now neck-to-neck with the Election Commission declaring BJP’s victory in 72 seats while having a lead in 27 others; and Congress’ victory in 65 seats and the party’s lead in 12 others.

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04:40pm: Congress senior leader Ashok Gehlot, the party's strategist for the Gujarat polls, said: 

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04:30pm: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat; congratulates BJP for win

Taking to social media platform Twitter, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accepted the verdict of the polls in the two states.

The Gandhi scion also thanked the Congress cadres for their work during the elections and congratulated them for fighting against the BJP with"dignity".

04:10pm: Victory against casteism, appeasement and vote bank politics: Amit Shah

“BJP's victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh is a victory of PM Narendra Modi's development agenda and against the politics of casteism, appeasement and vote bank... This is a lesson to the parties which indulge in caste-politics and dynasty” said BJP president Amit Shah.

Addressing the media from the party headquarters in Delhi, the BJP president further went on to thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for bringing the saffron party to power. He added, "We have once again emerged triumphantly. I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that they gave us another opportunity to serve them."

03:53pm: Former chief election commissioner TS Krishnamurthy said that EVMs are the “real winner” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections and their “bashing” should stop now. “They [EVMs] have done their job well. After all, the Congress has increased its position. Some leaders of the BJP have been defeated. EVMs have served the purpose,” Krishnamurthy told PTI.

Also read: Why both BJP and Congress in the state look like losers

03:38pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP karyakartas in these states for their hard work which has led to these impressive victories. I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly.” 

03:27pm: The movement of indices today shows that much of that confidence in Modi's leadership is intact. Despite the economy suffering the double blow of demonetisation and GST, a looming agrarian crisis and lack of job opportunities, the trust in Modi's ability to steer the country through the economic mess holds. Read more:

03:25pm: Amit Shah to brief press at 3:30pm

03:15pm: “There has been EVM tampering in Surat, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, which is why the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs can be hacked” said Hardik Patel. (via ANI)

Also read: In Gujarat election 2017, VVPAT for all booths: What voters should know

03:13pm: More than five lakh people have opted for NOTA (none of the above) in Gujarat polls, close to 1.8 per cent of all voters.

03:10pm: BJP Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi shares map of the party’s victories throughout the country

02:48pm: As per EC poll tracker, BJP has won 28 seats and is leading in 70. Congress has won 21 seats and is leading in 57

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02:40pm: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar pokes fun at Congress president Rahul Gandhi

02:30pm: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar taunts Congress on its Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat loss

02:27pm: Playing down BJP's victory in Gujarat, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam has claimed the BJP's good showing in the state was down to the use of EVMs in the elections.  He also termed electronic voting machines a "big threat to Indian democracy". (via PTI)

Also read: So, how’s the EVM-tampering theory holding up now?

02:20pm: Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (United) congratulated INC and party president Rahul Gandhi on “his improvement"

02:18pm: Rajya Sabha MP Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janashakti Party congratulates PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on Gujarat victory

02:15pm: As per the EC poll tracker

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02:05pm: “People all over the world have appreciated the Gujarat model but Congress has raised questions. This is a lesson for the Congress and the opposition parties,” said UP CM Yogi Adityanath. (via IANS)

1:58:pm BJP leads in 103 Assembly seats, Congress in 72, and others in 6

1:57:pm Congress would've done better if it allied with NCP: Praful Patel (via ANI)

1:56:pm Undoubtedly, a major victory. The kind of work which Party workers have done right from booth workers level till PM's level, everybody put their best foot forward and both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh have recognised the good work going on in the name of development: Nirmala Sitharaman (via ANI)

1:55:pm Abhi toh kuch nahi bolunga kyunki woh haal hi mein adhyaksh bane hain lekin 'sar mundwate hi ole pade': Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Rahul Gandhi (via ANI)

01:50pm: Sitting BJP MLA Ketan Inamdar retains Savli Assembly seat in Vadodara district by margin of 41, 219 votes. (via India Today)

13:48pm: Former chief election commissioners speak about EVM tampering

01:43pm: So far, the EC has declared BJP’s victory in 11 constituencies, Congress in 9 and NCP in 1. According to their numbers, BJP is leading in 91 seats while Congress in 66.

01:44pm: BJP candidate Shailesh Mehta Sotta, who said“If someone with dadhi-topi [beard and cap] is among the people here, forgive me, but their number here has to reduce,” wins Dabhoi Assembly constituency in Vadodara defeating Siddharth Patel of Congress.

01:35pm: As per India Today

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01:22pm: Updates from the EC poll tracker

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01:20pm: "I firmly believe that our EVMs, VVPATs cannot be tampered with. This matter should be closed once and for all as it is tried and tested. EVM is a standalone machine, question of hacking doesn't arise," – HS Brahma, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India. (via ANI)

01:12pm: Alpesh Thakor of Congress wins from Radhanpur. BJP now ahead in 102 seats. Congress leads in 76 seats. 

01:07pm: As BJP is inching towards victory, the party's Delhi unit celebrated with a cake that had photos of mushrooms on it. A clear message to Alpesh Thakor, who made a jibe at PM Modi saying, “Modi ji eats mushrooms from Taiwan and one mushroom costs Rs 80,000 and he eats five mushrooms every day.”

12:58pm: Ram Singh Parmar who joined BJP after quitting Congress losses Thasra seat in Gujarat. (via India Today)

12:57pm: According to the EC, so far 4,52,245 voters (1.8 per cent) in Gujarat have opted for NOTA.

12:54pm: UP CM Yogi Adityanath told ANI, “Maine pehle hi kaha tha ki Congress ka netritve badalna BJP ke liye shubh sanket hoga (I had correctly predicted that Congress’ change in leadership is good sign for BJP).

Also read: Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: Here's how Twitter interpreted the results

12:45pm: Live on Aaj Tak

12:42pm: Union minister Smriti Irani tells ANI, “It is a matter of happiness for us. This is the victory of development. Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar. It is victory of every booth worker's hard work and the people who trusted development."

12:30pm: Vote share according to EC – BJP (49.4 per cent 110,02,569) and Congress (41.3 per cent, 92,01,601)

12:25pm: BJP’s Purnesh Modi wins Surat West, Congress’ Vansh Punjabhai wins Una.

12:21pm: BJP vote share hits 50 per cent, a rise of two per cent over 2012

12:19pm: EC's Gujarat tracker

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12:17pm: India Today's Gujarat tracker

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12:15pm: BJP's Jitu Vaghani wins from Bhavnagar West. (via India Today)

12:13pm: Gujarat deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel wins Mehsana seat.

12:05pm: Jignesh Mevani wins Vadgam seat. (via India Today)

11:58am: Celebrations at BJP office

11:54:am: Congress's Arjun Modhwadiya loses from Porbandar to BJP's Babubhai Bokhiriya by 1855 votes (via ANI)

11:45:am: EC Official trends: BJP leading on 105 seats, Congress on 69, Bhartiya Tribal Party on 2, NCP on 1 & Independent candidates on 4 seats. 

Also read: Why BJP is forming government for the 6th time in Gujarat

11:42:am: Election Commission official tracker shows BJP leading in 103 seats (and victorious in one), while Congress in 72.

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11:39am: Congress Party's Arjun Modhwadia trailing by 1800 votes from Porbandar. (via EC)



11:22am: Sensex moves with election results, as BJP recovers in Gujarat, markets in green

Sensex fell by over 600 points this morning as initial trends showed a neck-and-neck contest in the Gujarat election, but recovered as the BJP came from behind to establish a commanding lead over the Congress. The figure last recorded according to an India Today report was 209.22.

11:10am: Celebrations in BJP headquarters

11:07am: Updates from the EC tracker

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11:03am: Jignesh Mevani leading by 10,785 in Vadgam. (Via India Today)

10:56am: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani wins Rajkot West against Congress' Indranil Rajguru. (via reports)

10:52am: As per EC tracker, BJP ahead on 100 seats, Congress leading on 70.


10:30am: “Ultimately BJP is going to register victory. Contrary to early trends, BJP is leading almost everywhere now”: Gujarat deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel who is presently trailing by over 2000 votes from Mahesana. (via ANI)

10:20am: According to the EC, so far 1,23,174 voters (1.9 per cent) in Gujarat have opted for NOTA.

10:16am: India Today's live tracker

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10:10am: Election Commission official tracker shows BJP leading in 94 seats, while Congress in 64. (Status known for 163 out of 182 constituencies so far, as per website)

10:02am: Partywise vote share in a pie chart, according to the Election Commission's official tracker

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10:00am: According to the Election Commission's official partywise tracker

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9:45am: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani (BJP) leading by 7600 votes from Rajkot West, at the end of Counting round 3. (Via ANI)

Also read: 5 reasons for BJP to cheer and 5 to worry

9:42am: "The mood of the people of Gujarat will lead Congress to victory, can't comment much on initial trends; let the final results come," says state party in-charge Ashok Gehlot. (Via ANI)

9:39am: India Today’s live broadcast:

9:36am: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani trails by 6234 in Rajkot West. (via Aaj Tak)

9:29am: BJP's Nitinbhai Patel (deputy CM of Gujarat) trailing by over 3000 votes from Mahesana. (Source: ANI)


9:19am: Congress leads in 85 seats, ahead of BJP in Gujarat for the first time. 

9:16am: According to India Today's tracker, BJP leads with 83 seats, while Congress is not far behind with 82.

Perhaps, one of the most important assembly elections in the country, the Gujarat polls have been surrounded by questions, allegations and mud-slinging right from the start.

While the ruling party, BJP, has an obvious advantage, with it being Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, the Congress party has been able give the party some stiff competition, especially in the form of their star trio – Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani.

According to India Today-Axis My India exit polls, the BJP is expected to get 99-113 seats in the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections, the actual results of which are scheduled to be declared on Monday, December 18.

The Congress is expected to get 68-82 seats in Gujarat this year, a gain of almost 10-16 seats from last year's 61, which will certainly be attributed to Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi's well-fought campaign, but which may not be enough to break the BJP's unbroken stint of sixth consecutive win in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Will the BJP, Narendra Modi’s “development” agenda, the mandir rhetoric and attacks on former prime ministers win? Or will Rahul Gandhi’s reformed image, the Congress party playing with soft Hindutva and the charismatic Dalit, Patidar and Thakor leaders affect the outcome? Let’s find out.


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