Rahul to visit Gujarat to review Cong poll play

Rahul to visit Gujarat to review Cong poll play

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who made Gujarat his second home for last three months, would once again visit the state to review the party's failure to form a government despite stiff anti-incumbency against the ruling BJP.

Rahul Gandhi is expected to be in the state for a day to meet up with workers and boost their morale after Congress got its best result in the Assembly election since 1985, when it had won 149 seats of the total 182. Congress won 77 seats this time, compared to 99 by BJP.

Rahul is likely to be back for another three-day meeting planned to review the Gujarat Assembly election results from December 20-22.

Though Congress failed to form a government, it is upbeat, having swept rural Gujarat and making minor gains in some urban pockets where it had never won a seat for over two decades. Congress, along with its allies, has won 72 of 127 rural and urban seats, compared to 43 by BJP. It also received good response in agrarian Saurashtra, where it won 30 of 54 seats on offer.

Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, gave a tough fight to the BJP, ensuring defeat of over seven ministers of Vijay Rupani government and over 27 BJP legislators in the last Assembly.

The Congress, that was expected to fare miserably, made a turnaround after Rajya Sabha elections in the state, that saw its nominee Ahmed Patel win by a margin of a single vote amidst a political drama of defections by 14 Congress legislators and technical hitches during the electoral process.

Points to ponder

Post that Rahul Gandhi landed in the state and went on   a whirlwind tour across Gujarat, traversing about 24,000 km in three months, giving the ruling BJP some tense moments before it could cross the finishing line for a simple majority of 92 seats.

The Congress would also ponder over the debacle of its top leadership, with four of its top five candidates losing at the hustings. Only Paresh Dhanani could make it to the Assembly from Amreli, while others, including Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhvadia, Siddharth Patel and Tushar Chaudhary, once again lost to their rival BJP candidates.

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