Make or mar poll for Narendra Modi

Make or mar poll for Narendra Modi

An anxious Gujarat waited for the poll results to be decalred on Thursday. It could clearly define not just the progression of Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the national scene but also fate of several Congress bigwigs and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

But body languages of leaders, mood at the party offices clearly reflected perhaps what the exit polls had predicted. Consider this. The Gujarat chief minister spent some time in his office at Sachivalaya taking a look at some of the project files which are pending approval. Sources in the CMO revealed that the chief minister also inquired informally about the progress on developmental works clearly indicating that he felt he was sailing through.

Amidst speculations of what would the high turnout mean, BJP party workers are already in the celebratory mood and are planning a grand welcome to Modi at the party headquarters in Ahmedabad.

On the contrary, senior leaders of the opposition Congress, despite claiming victory, prefered to stay away from where the action could be — which is the headquarters in Ahmedabad — and instead chose to move to their respective constituencies to be with their supporters. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arjun Modhwadia said that he was confident that his party would win enough seats to form the government.

Modhwadi said that he would be in his constituency at Porbander to celebrate the victory with his supporters.

Congress campaign incharge and senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who too was in Gandhinagar till Tuesday, went back to his constituency in Kapadwanj in Central Gujarat.
Vaghela too has told his office that he would return to Ahmedabad only in the afternoon till then he would like to be with his supporters.

BJP party leaders have instructed their party workers that in case of a clean sweep which they were expecting, the party workers should show restrain in their celebration and not disturb the people in general who would be busy in their daily work. Keshubhai Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party too has decided to keep it a low key and will meet up with mediaperson only in the evening.

Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) has put in place elaborate measures, including airlifting of several electronic voting machines well in advance from snow-bound hill areas of the state, ahead of results on Thursday.

The contest is being held for the 68 Assembly seats and the fate of candidates will be decided by Thursday afternoon as counting begins at 8 am in the state after a gap of 46 days since November 4 when votes were cast in a single phase poll.

Owing to extreme cold condition prevailing in the state—some places are already snow-capped—the EC has sought the assistance of engineers from the Bharat Heavy Electronics Ltd (BHEL) in case of any snag at counting stations.

State Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan told Deccan Herald that EVMs from tribal areas of Lahaul Spiti, which are presently cut off due to heavy snow, were shifted to Kullu district well in advance.

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