BJP dominates Gujarat, but Congress wins Banaskantha


Ahmedabad, June 4: As votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections are being counted, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again proved its might in Gujarat, taking the lead in 25 of the 26 constituencies. This continues the trend of the 2014 and 2019 elections, where the BJP won all 26 seats.

However, the turn of events has seen Geniben Thakor of the Indian National Congress (INC) register a victory in Banaskantha constituency by winning 671,883 votes and having a lead of 30,406 votes. This victory marks a breakthrough for the Congress Party in a region traditionally dominated by the BJP, offering a ray of hope for the INC amid the BJP’s overwhelming success.

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections marked a shift in Gujarat’s political landscape. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi, who was then chief minister of Gujarat, swept the state, winning all 26 seats. This victory indicated Modi’s influence and the BJP’s organizational capabilities in Gujarat. The BJP polled 60.11% of the total votes cast in the state.

BJP dominates Gujarat, but Congress wins Banaskantha (Ld)

This was a significant increase from their previous performance in the 2009 elections. The Congress, the main opposition party, managed to secure only 33.45% of the vote share. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which contested for the first time in Gujarat, had no significant impact. The margins of victory for the BJP candidates were significant, with several candidates winning by a margin of more than 100,000 votes. For example, in Gandhinagar constituency in 2014, BJP veteran LK Advani won by a margin of over 450,000 votes, while in UP’s Varanasi itself, Narendra Modi won by a margin of over 570,000 votes, reflecting his widespread popularity. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP retained its stronghold in Gujarat and again won all 26 seats. This election was seen as a referendum on Narendra Modi’s first term as prime minister. The BJP’s campaign focused heavily on national security, development and Prime Minister Modi’s leadership. In 2019, the BJP secured 62.21% of the vote share, slightly higher than in 2014.

The Congress saw a decline, securing only 32.11% of the votes. The margins of victory remained impressive, with many BJP candidates winning by significant margins. For example, in Gandhinagar constituency, Amit Shah, who replaced LK Advani as the BJP candidate, won by a margin of over 550,000 votes, underscoring his influence and the party’s dominance.

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