Gujarat Elections 2017 were much talked about and discussed. There were clouds of uncertainty over who would gain the upper hand in Gujarat, following BJP’s Demonetization and GST that suffered backlashes from people galore. Furthermore, Congress’ tactic to conjure a social coalition with caste and community leaders like Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani seemed to work for them. Thus, when the counting began, Congress was actually leading the race ahead of BJP. However, it is no surprise that the ruling party of decades has sealed the deal of these elections, thanks to the charms of PM Narendra Modi still prevalent today!
BJP won 107 seats, while the Congress has 72 seats, resulting in the ruling party’s win. Also, they lead ahead in the Himachal Pradesh elections. Therefore, the Saffron flag flutters in a whopping 19 states!
The former Chief Election Commissioner of India, HS Brahma says:
Twitterati buzzed around the elections, some came out with their opinions:
To those pretending to be more loyal to the BJP than BJP itself, as per EC website, BJP vote percentage as of now is 49.1%. This is MORE than 2012 (then was 47%). So BJP support has grown, not reduced. #GujaratVerdict
— Akhilesh Mishra (@amishra77) December 18, 2017
Congratulations to BJP for the Twin Win.
Performance is good but not excellent,as Congress has given a little tough competition, which is pretty alarming for 2019.
Hope BJP does a SWOT Analysis & works on its shortcomings to face the biggest challenge in 2019.#GujaratVerdict
— 🇮🇳 श्वेता सिंह 🚩 (@SwetaSingh_1) December 18, 2017
While some had a funnier take…
– 22 years of Anti Incumbency
– Modi not in Gujarat as CM
– Patidar Agitation
– Massive Social Media campaign
Still Rahul Gandhi couldn't win Gujarat & Congress thinks he will be PM in 2019.#GujaratVerdict
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) December 18, 2017
Hacked EVM's = 105
Proper EVM's = 74. #GujaratVerdict
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) December 18, 2017
Student 1 consistently gets 95% marks but gets 94% in a test.
Society: Oh poor thing, didn't do good this time👎
Student 2 never goes past 40% marks, but gets 41% in a test.
Society: Wow you did so well this time👍
Scenario of election result & Media reactions.#GujaratVerdict
— Rita Singh (@Rita_2110) December 18, 2017
— Bikramjit Das (@BikramMsdian) December 18, 2017
TV Anchor: Hey, BJP wanted 150 seats. Why less now?
Smart Gujarati: Because we deducted GST from 150 and only gave the rest ☺#GujaratVerdict
— Amit Patel (@patelamit1069) December 18, 2017
And a tweet that summarized it all-
8 AM – Congress shaking the Gujarat
9 AM – It's Rahul Gandh's Win
10 AM – Congress has given great Fight
11 AM – EVM tampering by BJP
— Vaibhav Waghmare (@_vaibhav____) December 18, 2017
The Modi-BJP wave is here to stay, with the man himself jubilant with the results.
— HW News (@hwnewsnetwork) December 18, 2017
With all the social media frenzy over the ruling goverment’s new economic schemes, the rise of Hindutva elements in the country, the year which saw the rise of cow vigilantism and vandalism of minorities, the Gujarat elections were a litmus test of the ruling party. Hence, it was a test to check what the citizens really feel towards the party. Although Congress gave a tough fight, the saffron party won an inevitable victory over Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Thus, it will consolidate its position for the upcoming 2019 elections. In conclusion, the Indians have shown to be a bit of tolerant despite all the criticisms surrounding the Government. Further state elections will unveil a clearer picture where India is headed politically.