Congress in shock after BJP’s Gujarat local polls win: Advani
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Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010, 14:31
New Delhi: Lauding his party's sweep of the local body elections in Gujarat, senior BJP leader LK Advani Monday said more than 100 Muslim candidates from his party won, sending the Congress in a "state of shock" and forcing its senior state unit leaders to resign.

"I do not recall the election result of civic bodies in any state causing such a political upheaval as has occurred in Gujarat last week. The Congress party in the state has been shocked by the results of the municipal and panchayat elections," Advani wrote in his blog.

The senior BJP leader further states that this shock was visible in the actions of the Congress leaders with their state president Siddharth Patel resigning from his post owning "moral responsibility" while Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil also stepped down.

Advani insisted that these elections have proved that Muslims and Christians are influenced by "development politics" of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP and evidently disillusioned by vote bank politics.

"A remarkable feature of this election has been the victory of more than 100 Muslim candidates who contested on the BJP ticket at various levels. Yet another significant achievement for the BJP has been its victory in Dang region which has sizeable tribal Christian population," he said.

The former deputy prime minister also points out that Congress has suffered setbacks on its own turf.

"In Central Gujarat, in Saurashtra and in Kutch, the Congress has suffered serious setbacks....The BJP posted significant victories even in the fiefdoms of Congress heavyweights like Union ministers Bharat Singh Solanki (Anand) and Dinsha Patel (Kheda)," Advani said.

The BJP won all the six corporations in Gujarat. Of the 53 municipalities, the BJP won 42 and Congress 4. Seven bodies have gone to others. In case of the 24 districts panchayat elections BJP won 21 and Congress 2. One is undecided. In 208 taluka panchayats, BJP won 155, Congress 37 and 6 were undecided.

"The BJP had hoped to win these elections. But I must admit that the results have surpassed all our expectations.... This time's outcome is not just a defeat, it is a decimation of the Congress in Gujarat," Advani said.

He said the Congress should see these results as a forewarning for the 2012 Assembly polls and remember that after the Emergency it had won just 12 of the 304 Lok Sabha seats.

"If New Delhi thinks that it is just a failure of the Gujarat Congress leadership, it is sorely mistaken," Advani said.

He further said, "The vicious vendetta that the Central government and Congress party at the Central level have been carrying on against Modi, and his government, and the BJP in Gujarat have made Gujarati voters really furious."


First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010, 14:31

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