WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 18, 2017, 09.54 AM
Although the results for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections swung in BJP's favour - as anticipated by a majority of exit polls -- what political experts had not seen coming was Congress' impressive display of resistance and a spectacular fight that the party put up.
The critical factor in Congress' turnaround in Gujarat can be attributed to the Jignesh-Alpesh factor shining in Gujarat.
Independent candidate and Dalit rights activist Jignesh Natvarlal Mevani registered a spectacular win against BJP by a margin of massive 20,000 votes.
Congress-fielded Alpesh Thakor, who was representing OBCs, bagged a win by roughly 15,000 votes.
Jignesh-Alpesh's win signals a change that many thought would never surface in the political landscape of Gujarat. The OBC factor is symbolic of the fact that winning an election is not just a business of fielding "poster boys" or having bigwigs to contest.
Some of the strongest contenders lost ground in this years' Gujarat polls, INC's Siddharth Patel, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia were some big guns who failed.
In the meanwhile, as people go on to praise Congress for putting up a hairsplitting performance, many describe the Alpesh-Jignesh-Hardik trio as a failed weapon in the Congress' arsenal to dethrone the BJP.
Final rounds of counting for the Gujarat election polls is still underway with results being declared for over 80 seats.
BJP, however, emerges as a clear winner so far. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has retained Rajkot West as his constituency leaving behind Congress' Indranil Rajguru in a landslide victory.