The battle for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh is turning to be an arena of celebration for the saffron party as counting progresses.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is so far leading in both states. It has won 95 seats and is leading in 4 in Gujarat giving it a tally of 99 which is above the majority mark in the 182-member house. In Himachal the BJP has won 31 seats and is leading in 13 seats in the 68-member assembly.
Here are few political reactions after the results began trickling in indicating that the BJP was going to win both states.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu coveys his wishes to BJP.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani flashes victory sign as BJP leads in Gujarat.
Virbhadra Singh's son: "I'll always stand with govt, whichever party it might be of, & serve people. As a son I am sad we couldn't make it possible for him."
I'll always stand with govt, whichever party it might be of, & serve people. As a son I am sad we couldn't make it possible for him (Virbhadra Singh) to become the CM 7th time. We'll analyse our drawbacks in meeting: Vikramaditya Singh, leading in Shimla Rural #HimachalElections pic.twitter.com/GEV1CTnQfQ— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Former CM, PK Dhumal loses in Himachal, says "I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis."
Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis: PK Dhumal #Himachal pic.twitter.com/7UrumoxVhp— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Congress President publicly admits defeat to BJP.
The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 18, 2017
Amit Shah accuses opposition of induging in caste politics.
Amit Shah assures of BJP victory in upcoming assembly elections in four states including Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. Further says, "It was not a close contest at all."
Congress' Randeep Surjewala is confident that his party has the support of the Independent party.
BJP President Amit Shah repeats his statement of victory of development over dynasty.
We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people's support and Modi ji's aim for the youth in 2022 will become a reality: Amit Shah, BJP President #HimachalResults #GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/ZpxjURYLvy— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot claims "It was a moral win for Rahul ji's issue based campaign."
Karnataka state President for BJP says, "People voted for development and against the corrupt Congress."
Victory in Gujarat & Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies & Gujarat model. They've voted for development & against corrupt Congress. It'll have positive impact in Karnataka: BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BJP President #HimachalResults #GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/eVSG8Q8wM4— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
The current Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh admits defeat in hands of BJP in the hill state, says, "Being the CM, take full responsibility of our performance here."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the numbers as he said, "I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in the BJP."
Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/xmWs6GpjBB— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the BJP's numbers even as he took a dig at the Congress President.
Hailing the voters, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman grabbed the oppurtunity to express her gratitude to BJP voters and activists.
Undoubtedly, a major victory. The kind of work which Party workers have done right from booth workers level till PM's level, everybody put their best foot forward and both #Gujarat & #HimachalPradesh have recognised the good work going on in the name of development: N Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/HfkCleQlCZ— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar also took a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Independent candidate Jignesh Mawani contesting in Gujarat election thanked the voters.
PAAS agitation leader Hardik Patel yet again alleges of EVM tampering in Surat and Rajkot.