New Delhi: As the Bharatiya Janata Party surged ahead of challenger Congress in Gujarat, BJP national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that credit for victory in the state goes to Narendra Modi`s leadership.
Appearing confident, Prasad was quoted as saying by Firstpost: “We always knew we would win. It`s time to celebrate third continuous victory of Modi and BJP in Gujarat elections”.
“A conscious attempt was made to downplay Narendra Modi`s governance before Gujarat polls,” he added.
The Bharatiya Janata Party was set to retain power in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s third victory in a row, with its candidates leading in more than 110 of the 182 seats.
As they counted the millions of votes cast in the two-phase assembly contest, Election Commission officials said the BJP had forged ahead in at least 116 constituencies -- just one short of the 117 it won in 2007.
The Congress, which had been desperate to oust Modi who has ruled Gujarat since 2001, appeared to be on the winning track in 62 places.