'Gujarati for PM' idea helps BJP

'Gujarati for PM' idea helps BJP

The “son of the soil for prime minister” card seems to have worked effectively in Narendra Modi’s home state.

The Modi-led BJP dealt a deadly blow to the already defunct Gujarat Congress, not leaving even a single seat to the opposition. Swept away were three Central ministers and a veteran leader, Shankersinh Vaghela. Importantly, besides a whitewash, it was the margin of victory that humiliated the Congress even more.

Political observers point out that the win in 26 seats hasn’t come as a surprise since the “Gujarati for prime minister” factor weighed heavily on the minds of voters. After Morarji Desai, this is the first time a Gujarati politician will take the role of the prime minister.
Riding on those sentiments, the BJP created a record of sorts. Many candidates won by a staggering number of votes, with Modi himself capturing the Vadodara constituency with a record margin.

The Modi wave also swept through the tribal-dominated Central Gujarat region, where the Congress had managed to win in 2009.

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