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Final Gujarat, Himachal tally

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday retained Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time, but with a final tally of 99, it fell way short of its much touted Mission 150 set by party chief Amit Shah. The saffron party, however, wrested Himachal Pradesh from the Congress with a thumping majority, winning 44 of the 68 seats. The Congress lagged way behind with jus...

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Winner limped across finish line in Gujarat: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday took a swipe at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Gujarat results, saying the winner limped across the finish line with a young sprinter close on his heels. In another jibe, Chidambaram said in the Gujarat results there was an electoral victory - referring to the BJP, and a political victory - referring to ...

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Country is ready for change in 2019 LS polls: Jignesh

Ahmedabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani, who won the assembly polls from Vadgam in Gujarat, said on Monday that the country is ready for change in the 2019 Lok Sahba elections as the BJP could get only 99 seats despite its repeated claims of winning 150. The country is ready for change. That's why against the target of 150 seats you could manage to win only 99. And it is j...

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Results show India ready for reforms: Modi

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said by voting his party back to power in Gujarat and the victory in Himachal Pradesh, shows the people have chosen the path of development. He said the results have proved the country is ready for reforms and the Middle Class is asserting itself and wants its aspirations fulfilled very soon. Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Pa...

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Jaitley, Sitharaman to oversee party leaders' election in Gujarat, Himachal

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will visit Gujarat to oversee the election of a new legislature party leader, while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will go to Himachal Pradesh for the same purpose, the BJP said on Monday. Addressing the media outside the party headquarters after a parliamentary board meeting, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said it was decided that ...

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It's victory of development over casteism, dynasty and appeasement politics: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP's win in Gujarat is a victory of developmental politics over dynasty and the politics of appeasement, BJP President Amit Shah said on Monday, and attributed the party's lesser number of seats to the caste-based campaign of the Congress and its allies. Shah declared that the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election was definite...

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Congress was not portraying 'soft Hindutva' with Rahul's temple visits: Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Monday said the party was not trying to portray a soft Hindutva face when Rahul Gandhi visited temples during the campaign for the Gujarat elections. He said the Congress never had any intention to play a Hindu card. That was their (BJP's) intention. Congress never wanted to play a Hindu card... There was no intention of sof...

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Parliament disrupted over Modi's allegations against Manmohan

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday saw disruption and repeated adjournments as the Congress demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the allegations levelled by him against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. In the Lok Sabha, the first adjournment came minutes after the house met, as Congress members stood at their seats, and created a ru...

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BJP retains Gujarat just barely, snatches Himachal from Congress

Gandhinagar/Shimla, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP on Monday just managed to hold on to power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch a sixth term in government, but wrested Himachal Pradesh from Congress with a comfortable majority. Overcoming initial setbacks in a seesaw battle, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged 99 seats, seven more than the magic figure of 92 in a House of 18...

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Bengal minority forum condemns church attack in Pakistan

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) The West Bengal Minorities Youth Federation (WBMYF) on Monday strongly condemned the suicide bombing attack in a Christian church in Pakistan and held a protest demonstration here on the Minorities Rights Day. Deploring the attack on the church that killed at least eight people and injured 44 others, the members of the organisation carried placards with messages ag...

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Telangana CM congratulates PM on electoral victory

Hyderabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the BJP's victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. The CM has sent a message to the PM in this regard, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's office. The CM said he is congratulating the PM for winning the polls in two state...

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BJP's Gujarat victory a warning, moral defeat: Maharashtra Oppositon

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Hours after the Gujarat Assembly polls verdict was out, Maharashtra's opposition parties termed the results as encouraging for the Congress, but a warning and a moral defeat for the Bharatiya Janata Party, here on Monday. The results are 'encouraging' for the Congress and a 'moral defeat' for the BJP which deployed the entire Union Cabinet, Chief Ministers of 14 sta...

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Gujarat verdict makes all parties happy in poll-bound Tripura

Agartala, Dec 18 (IANS) It was amusing to see all the three major political parties -- Congress, CPI-M and BJP -- in Tripura jubilant after the Gujarat assembly election results on Monday, though for reasons of their own. To start with, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) termed the Gujarat assembly election outcome as rejection of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by the people. ...

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Assocham congratulates Modi on BJP's win

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Assocham on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on BJP's victory and expressed faith that the governments of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would focus on agriculture, trade and industry. We are confident that the new BJP government in the states would work for the all round development of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with a special focus on agricultu...

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BJP brought down to its knees in Gujarat, will impact other state polls: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Congress on Monday said it has brought the BJP to its knees by restricting it to less than 100 seats in Gujarat, and that the election results will have an impact in upcoming polls in other states, including BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Congress also termed the election results a moral victory for the party and said it showed a mirror of tru...

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Forget bygones, let's unite, Modi tells Gujaratis

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Riding high on the BJPs sixth consecutive victory in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Gujaratis to forget what happened in the last two-three months and come together to work for the development of the state. Despite the victory and the huge support that you gave us, I would like to say that 6.5 crore Gujaratis are one, and have the ambition ...

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Naveen congratulates Modi for poll win

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for BJP's victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls. Spoke to Narendra Modiji and Arun Jaitleyji and congratulated them on the win, the Chief Minister tweeted. While the Bharatiya Janata Party retained Gujarat for ...

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Mehbooba greets Modi on Gujarat, Himachal victories

Jammu, Dec 18 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministeron Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party on the assembly election victory in Himachal Pradesh and retaining power in Gujarat. Mehbooba Mufti described the election results in these states as an endorsement of the governance and developmental agenda of the Prime Minister. These results are an endors...

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Modi's campaign helps BJP scrape through in Gujarat, retain electoral momentum

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP just scraped through to victory in Gujarat, helped largely by the extensive campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state, but the party's lowest tally in the last 22 years can be seen as a warning bell ahead of crucial state battles in 2018 and the next Lok Sabha election in 2019. The results in Gujarat reflect some dissatisfaction with the ...

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BJP now in power in 19 states, has 14 Chief Ministers

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP on Monday retained Gujarat and wrested Himachal Pradesh from Congress, taking the total number of states where it is in power to 19. The party has Chief Ministers in 14 of these 19 states. Congress, on the other hand, is now in power in only four states and one union territory. The victories in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat has taken the total sta...

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