Muncipal Election; BJP retains Gujarat, Cong bags Himachal; Kejriwal declares AAP national party

After the Municipal election, BJP on Thursday retained power in Gujarat for a record seventh straight term pulverising the opposition to secure the biggest majority ever in the state. Congress leaders credited its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi for the win which came as a boost for the grand old party in the home state of BJP President JP Nadda.

As Modi continued to hold sway over voters and addressed 31 election rallies in Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) crossed the three-fourths majority and in the process checkmated the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in triangular contests and also pushed the Congress down to its all-time low.

Getting support from all sections, the BJP got 147 seats and was leading in 9 in a House of 182 garnering a vote share of nearly 53 per cent which was the highest for any party in the western state. According to the latest Election Commission data for Himachal Pradesh, the Congress won 40 of the 68 seats followed by the BJP, which bagged 24 seats and was leading in one. Independents won three seats.

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