NEW DELHI: After early hiccups, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on Monday set to retain power in Gujarat or the sixth consecutive time, with its candidates on the victory lap in 104 of the 182 seats as the Congress again settled for the second place but with an improved showing.
As the Gujarat results are show a see-saw battle between the saffron party and their main opposition Congress, Twitterati erupted with jokes.
Here are some:
— डी.के. (@itsdhruvism) December 18, 2017
— Yogi Adityanath FC (@Yogifanclub_) December 18, 2017
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) December 18, 2017
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 18, 2017
चुनाव कोई भी जीते
As a Citizen of this Nation –
1 Simple Question
Why EC refused to Tally VVPAT Slips of EVMs ??? #GujaratVerdict
— Aarti (@aartic02) December 18, 2017
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 18, 2017
After surprisingly leading over the Bharatiya Janata Party at one point and sending the stock market crashing, the Congress began to trail to the BJP again. Election Commission officials said the Congress was expected to grab 75 seats.
As overjoyed Congress activists, expecting a victory, began celebrating early in the day, the stock markets took a beating. But the Congress celebrations were shortlived — and the stock markets made a quick recovery.
The BJP was ahead in 26 seats (Congress 9) in South Gujarat. In Central Gujarat, BJP nominees had forged ahead in 27 constituencies (Congress 12) and in 31 seats in North Gujarat (Congress 21).
The BJP won 115 seats and the Congress 61 in 2012.
BJP supporters began celebrating in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar even though some of its leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana), were trailing to the Congress as officials counted the millions of votes polled on December 9 and 14.
With agencies input