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PM Modi's popularity in Gujarat is 'intact', says BJP

Press Trust of India, New Delhi, Dec 18 2017, 11:44 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad. Reuters file photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad. Reuters file photo

The BJP today said the poll trends in its favour indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity was intact in his home state Gujarat and it was on its way to form government with a "comfortable majority".

BJP leaders said their party would "retain" power notwithstanding the opposition and the aggressive campaign by the Congress, particularly its new president Rahul Gandhi.

It attributed the favourable trends to its Gujarat development model as the anti-incumbency factor had "failed".

The saffron party, however, said it will analyse the trends in detail later.

"We have set a record in the history of the BJP by winning six consecutive polls: four assembly and two general elections.

"Anti-incumbency is not working there. The prime minister's popularity is intact. Amit Shah's strategy has worked," BJP vice president Shyam Jaju said.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya seconded Jaju.

"There is nothing to worry. We will form government in Gujarat with comfortable majority," Vijayvargiya added.

According to trends available on the Election Commission's website, the BJP was leading in 101 of the 182 assembly segments in Gujarat. The Congress was leading in 74 constituencies.

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