Gujarat elections: Congress beats BJP in Modi's hometown Vadnagar in Unjha assembly constituency

Unjha which is a hub of spices and condiments has become a prestigious constituency for the BJP because of Modi's connection. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 19, 2017, 03.03 AM (IST) Prasad Sanyal

Rahul Gandhi's charisma clearly won over PM Narendra Modi's hometown Vadnagar which is part of Unjha assembly constituency.  

PM Modi's Gujarat magic clearly did not work in the Patidar constituency which voted out five-time BJP MLA Narayanbhai Patel. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had visited Unjha during his campaign trail.

Congress candidate Asha Patel who had lost by 25,000 votes to Patel in 2012 finished on pole position winning 8,1797 votes as against Narayanbhai Patel who finished second with 6,2268 votes.

Unjha which is a hub of spices and condiments has become a prestigious constituency for the BJP because of Modi's connection.

Several people believe Modi as a teenager had sold tea standing on the Vadnagar railway station.    

Unjha which consists of 40% Patidars witnessed large-scale agitation two years ago in which one person had died.

The town naturally voted out the BJP candidate Narayanbhai Patel. The Umiya Mata temple in Unjha became the epicentre of the agitation, Rahul Gandhi had stopped there during his campaign trail as the town simmered with anger over the Patidar death.

In fact, the BJP has seen reverses in Patidar constituencies across Gujarat.

In the 39 Patidar-majority seats, the BJP has won 24 and the Congress has won 15 seats.

In 2012, the BJP had won 28 and Congress just 9 seats, signalling a real shift in the voting pattern of the Patidar's during the Gujarat elections in 2017.