Verdict 2022 COVER STORY 12 DECEMBER, 2022

Verdict 2022

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The Gujarat election result ,The Himachal election result and the Delhi MCD result all gave surprising results .

In the Gujarat elections BJP won record breaking victory , In the Himachal Pradesh elections Congress pulled off a surprise victory , In the Delhi MCD election results AAP pulled off a decent victory.

Gujarat voting the BJP back for the seventh straight time, this election has made history in the state: it gave the party over 50 per cent of the popular vote and the highest seat tally in the House at 150 plus minus a ‘Hindutva wave’ but at the same time making room for a new political party in the Opposition space. 

BJP, which has been ruling the state since 1995, had set a target of 150 seats and campaigned aggressively across 182 Assembly constituencies. The party’s battle was spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who addressed dozens of public rallies and road shows.

While addressing party workers at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Narendra Modi said, “BJP has got the biggest mandate in the history of Gujarat. People have created a record in breaking records. When i was in Gujarat, I had told people that Narendra’s record should be broken.”

The surprise was overwhelming performance of BJP in tribal areas. In the  2017 elections , Congress party’s tally of 77 seats and a vote share of 41.4 percent was its best performance in over two decades. The party, however, failed to build on the 2017 performance and has shrunk to 20 seats with a vote share of 27.04 percent.

The party has lost ground in its tribal strongholds. The tribal belt of Gujarat has 27 seats and the BJP is leading in all tribal seats.

Gujarat has a tribal population – 89.17 lakh – comprises 15 percent of its total population, as per the 2011 census data.

Congress got the happy news from the hill state of Himachal Pradesh by bagging 40 out of the 68 seats.  Often, Himachal Pradesh has never repeated a government in power in the last 37 years. The pragmatic Himachali voter has always thought it best not to let any party get too comfortable in the seat.

Priyanka Gandhi aggressive campaign is also the reason behind Congress party massive victory. 

On the otherhand, 

AAP has won a majority in elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). AAP has won 134 seats, BJP 104, Congress 9 and Independent 3 in the 250-member MCD.

For several hours fortunes swung between BJP and AAP, with Congress nowhere in the picture. For a while BJP even topped the leads tally.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the people for AAP’s victory in the MCD polls and sought the cooperation of the BJP and the Congress as well as the “blessings” of the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to improve civic amenities in the national capital.

Overall , the results of Delhi MCD, Gujarat Elections and Himachal election were a surprise .