Ahmedabad, Dec 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi registered a thumping victory by getting an absolute majority in the 182-member State Assembly. Modi registered a thumping victory in the Maninagar Assembly constituency by defeating Congress' candidate and Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dinsha Patel by 87, 000 votes.
The BJP won 117 of the total seats, ten less from its 2002 tally, while the Congress managed to win 59 assembly seats, adding eight more seats to its previous strength. The Nationalist Congress Party, which had an alliance with the Congress, won three seats, and the Janata Dal (United) registered victory in one seat. Independents and others took two seats.
Modi registered a thumping victory in the Maninagar Assembly constituency by defeating Congress' candidate and Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dinsha Patel by 87, 000 votes.
Expressing his gratitude to the people of Gujarat for voting him back to power, Modi said that the people of state have rejected the negative forces and anti-Gujarat elements. The people of Gujarat have voted for development and good governance of "my government," Modi told reporters.
Meanwhile, giving all credits to Modi for the BJP's stupendous victory in the Assembly polls, party president Rajnath Singh said that his party is confident of repeating the feat in Himachal Pradesh, which went to polls recently.
"Party has won the Gujarat election due to its ideology and development work done by Modi. Under the leadership of Modi, Gujarat has become a model state for the country," Singh told reporters here.
Singh also maintained that no individual "is bigger than party" and dismissed suggestions of a leadership struggle within the BJP after the party's win in Gujarat.
In all 1,268 candidates contested election for 182 Assembly Constituencies.