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Gujarat : Bitter Lesson for BJP

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The BJP’s rise in Gujarat since the early 90s could be described as a roller-coaster ride to power. In the September 1999 Lok Sabha elections, it won 21 of the 26 Lok Sabha seats; in January 2000, it swept to victory in the civic elections, winning over 90 per cent of the civic bodies. Presiding over the party’s thumping electoral victory and taking credit for it all was state chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

With the BJP’s latest loss in the local elections, in which the party suffered humiliating defeats to the Congress, Patel hopes that the centre will bail him out once again and silence party dissidents who blame him for the defeat. The opposition Congress has swept the district and taluka panchayat elections, storming to power in 21 of the 23 district panchayats and in 170 of the 210 taluka panchayats, an exact reversal of the results of the previous local elections. The BJP then held an absolute majority in 23 district panchayats and nearly 200 taluka panchayats.

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