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Gujarat Elections 2017: Hope for Congress, Lessons for Modi

The outcome of the Gujarat assembly elections has a direct bearing on Modi’s policies in the state and the centre, the main one being that of squeezing the resources of the rural masses to enrich select urban sections. The impact or disillusionment could be understood from the fact that as many as 5.5 lakh voters pressed the None of the Above (NOTA) button, pushing the BJP’s victory margins to as low as 250 to 900 on at least 10 seats as against the Congress. The NOTA votes in such constituencies are three to five times the victory margins. The Congress had no credible chief ministerial face and could not turn the tide in its favour.

The Gujarat Vote Share Trend Conundrum

The Bharatiya Janata Party may seem invincible in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. However, the staggering numbers in terms of the party's vote share and seats in the state assembly tell a very different tale. Right from the first time it came to power on its own in 1995, till now, this article chronicles the BJP's eventful journey in Gujarat.
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