Gujarat: Parliamentary elections

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2014: the victorious candidates

Gujarat

 

S.No.

Costituency

Name Of Member

Party

1

Ahmedabad East

Paresh Rawal

BJP

2

Ahmedabad West

Dr. Kirit P Solanki

BJP

3

Amreli

Kachhadiya Naranbhai Bhikhabhai

BJP

4

Anand

Dilip Patel

BJP

5

Banaskantha

Chaudhary Haribhai Parthibhai

BJP

6

Bardoli

Vasava Parbhubhai Nagarbhai

BJP

7

Bharuch

Vasava Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai

BJP

8

Bhavnagar

Dr. Bharatiben Dhirubhai Shiyal

BJP

9

Chhota Udaipur

Ramsinh Rathwa

BJP

10

Dahod

Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor

BJP

11

Gandhinagar

L.K.Advani

BJP

12

Jamnagar

Poonamben Hematbhai Maadam

BJP

13

Junagadh

Chudasama Rajeshbhai Naranbhai

BJP

14

Kachchh

Chavda Vinod Lakhamashi

BJP

15

Kheda

Chauhan Devusinh Jesingbhai (Chauhan Devusinh)

BJP

16

Mahesana

Patel Jayshreeben Kanubhai

BJP

17

Navsari

C. R. Patil

BJP

18

Panchmahal

Chauhan Prabhatsinh Pratapsinh

BJP

19

Patan

Liladharbhai Khodaji Vaghela

BJP

20

Porbandar

Radadiya Vithalbhai Hansrajbhai

BJP

21

Rajkot

Kundariya Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai

BJP

22

Sabarkantha

Rathod Dipsinh Shankarsinh

BJP

23

Surat

Darshana Vikram Jardosh

BJP

24

Surendranagar

Fatepara Devajibhai Govindbhai

BJP

25

Vadodara

Narendra Modi

BJP

26

Valsad

Dr. K.C.Patel

BJP

 

 

2009, 2014

Home state bids goodbye to Modi with 100% wave

Ahmedabad:

TEAM TOI


The Times of India May 17 2014

Gujarat 2014

It's A Clean Sweep For BJP In Saffron Belt

With the ‘Gujarati-for-PM’ being the slogan of the BJP’s Lok Sabha campaign in Gujarat, Narendra Modi’s home state given a resounding 100% mandate in his favour. The message was unambiguous: Modi should now replicate the success of the ‘Gujarat model’ on the wider canvas of India.

The BJP swept all 26 seats, demolishing some of the last-standing Congres bastions such as Anand, Bardoli and Kheda, which were represented by Union ministers Bharatsinh Solanki, Tushar Chaudhary and Dinsha Patel respectively. Shankersinh Vaghela, leader of opposition in the Gujarat assembly, was another major loser (from Sabarkantha).

The Congres had won 11 seats from the state in 2009.

The BJP bettered its previous best of 20 seats in 1999 to achieve an unprecedented clean sweep. Modi seemed to have Gujarat completely un

der his spell. The BJP garnered a record vote share of 59.1% (up from 46.38% in 2009), while the Congres's share went down to 32.9% (from 43.38% in 2009). The total polling stood at 63% (up from 47.90% in 2009).

No other political party could make a dent in the saffron stronghold. AAP polled only 1.2% votes — less than the number of people who opted for NOTA (1.8%) here.

BJP’s Muslim candidates lose

The Times of India, December 3, 2015

Most Muslim candidates of BJP lost in Guj local polls, Una only saving grace

 The ruling BJP's experiment with `sadbhavana', propounded by the then chief minister Narendra Modi in the local body elections has failed, except in Una municipality in coastal Saurastra. Here, all 10 candidates from the Muslim community won seats for the BJP, which had a landslide victory in Una municipality , winning 35 seats of 36. Of the nearly 500 Muslim BJP candidates fielded in these elections, the number elected is in two digits. Saurashtra is the only region where civic bodies showed some `sadbhavana' where the minority community elected saffron Muslim candidates. Apart from 10 Muslim councillors in Una municipality, one Muslim candidate, Sufiya Zaheed Dal, secured a corporator's seat for the party in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).During the last civic elections in Rajkot, Bibben Sama won on a BJP ticket.

In Ahmedabad, the minority community and other communities remained indifferent to BJP's Muslim candidates. All four Muslim candidates fielded in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have lost in three different constituencies where Muslim voters are in overwhelming numbers -Jamalpur, Behrampura and Maktampura, which falls in the city's largest Muslim ghetto of Juhapura.

2015

Local bodies’ elections

The Times of India, Dec 03 2015

Cong posts big win in Guj panchayat elections


BJP suffered its worst loss in local body elections in Gujarat in over a decade as Congress regained lost ground, especially in rural areas, in what it called a “stepping stone“ for the 2017 state polls. A clear divide was visible as BJP fared much better in the cities and towns, giving some consolation to CM Anandiben Patel. While BJP retained all six municipal corporations, Congress wrested 23 of 31 district panchayats and 113 of 193 taluka panchayats. BJP continued to hold on to nagarpalikas, or town councils, winning 42 of 56 municipalities. Apart from agitating Patidars, who gave the “defeat BJP“ call, other factors including anti-incumbency and anger over lack of irrigation water and minimum support prices added to the woes of a rudderless party machinery which missed the charisma of PM Modi and the strategising of Amit Shah. Patidars dealt a blow to BJP bastions in Saurashtra and north Gujarat.

Wins in all major cities saved BJP the blushes, but rural Gujarat has given an early wake-up call to the party which never lost an election during Modi's stint as CM from 2001 to 2014. BJP went into the local body elections as a reluctant contestant and was forced to hold the polls after a Supreme Court rap.

The results are an indicator of the changing political tide ahead of the 2017 assembly polls and Congress would be pleased with its performance after remaining out of power for almost two decades. Rough statistics showed Congress had polled 52% votes in the elections, as against BJP's 44%. This is a huge swing from the 59.1% polled by BJP in the May 2014 elections when it won all 26 seats and the steady decline in the BJP's fortunes in post-Modi Gujarat.

2019

BJP sweeps

Modi land heeds his call, gives him all 26 seats, May 24, 2019: The Times of India

Constituencies won by the main political parties in Gujarat in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019.
From: Modi land heeds his call, gives him all 26 seats, May 24, 2019: The Times of India


In the last leg of campaigning in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told the crowd at a Patan rally that anything short of a clean sweep in his home state would make him vulnerable to jibes. “One less seat than 26, and I will be taunted and questioned in Delhi, even if we form the government,” Modi had said.

Gujarat responded to Modi’s emotional appeal by giving all 26 seats to the BJP in an encore of 2014. In what was seen as a referendum on Modi, his party’s vote share in Gujarat jumped by at least 3% from what was a record-high 59.1% in 2014.

This time, all BJP candidates maintained a lead of 1 lakh plus votes over their Congress rivals — the minimum lead was of 1.27 lakh votes in Dahod and the maximum was 6.9 lakh in Navsari. In 2014, the two seats had victory margins below 1 lakh votes.

The icing on the cake was BJP president Amit Shah’s massive victory in Gandhinagar, which has reaffirmed his stature as BJP’s No.2 on the national political stage.

Shah trounced Congress’s C J Chavda by over 5.5 lakh votes to win the seat, which was vacated by BJP patriarch L K Advani. It is the highest victory margin recorded in the constituency. While Shah’s candidature charged up the cadre, Gujaratfor-PM was the rallying call for the 2019 poll in the state. That sentiment crushed any Congress hope .

This time, Congress gained little from Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani, and Alpesh Thakor. They had shown promise as Congress’s countervailing force against the BJP ahead of the campaign. But Thakor stepped out just ahead of the polls by resigning from all Congress posts. The other two failed to re-create their magic of 2017.

“Bharat vijayi bhavah! I bow before Narendra Modi who is now the most popular leader in the world,” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said. “Amit Shah has taught how elections can be fought and won on the strength of organisation. I thank Gujarat for giving all 26 seats to Modiji.”

All six women candidates of the BJP won with impressive margins. In Vadodara, Ranjanben Bhatt won by a margin of over 5.5 lakh votes. Darshana Jardosh won the Surat Lok Sabha seat by more than 5.48 lakh votes.

Not a single Muslim candidate won from the state although, 42, including one fielded by the Congress in Bharuch, were in the fray this time.

No Muslim candidate has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Gujarat since 1984.

Conceding defeat at Amreli, Paresh Dhanani — the leader of the opposition in the Gujarat assembly — acknowledged that the Congress had failed to gauge the mood of the state. Dhanani was one of the eight sitting MLAs the Congress had fielded as a Lok Sabha candidate.

State Congress chief Amit Chavda put up a brave face, saying the results were unexpected and hinted at some manipulation. “But we accept the people’s verdict,” he said.

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