The Assembly elections in Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD), Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were indeed interesting and exciting. Apart from the polls which has its own fun and charm especially for journalists who bask in the news of elections and related developments with the announcement of poll dates. The polling in all the three were Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) v/s Congress v/s Aaam Aadmi Party (AAP). In MCD, the BJP was wiped off by the AAP. However, in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the picture was little unpredictable – AAP was nowhere in Himachal Pradesh, and in Gujarat it could bag only four seats. BJP bagged over 157 seats in Gujarat and broke its own record.
Congress in Himachal Pradesh bagged 40 seats giving sleepless nights to BJP which has two sitting MPs who are also the ministers. JP Nadda is also the BJP national president and Anurag Thakur is union minister. Both of them represent Himachal Pradesh and had done extensive campaigning ahead of the polls. The question will be asked to them as what did they really see and on what grounds gave their reading that BJP will win the state.
Eventful day indeed, as per the trend, in the evening Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the party headquarters in Delhi and greeted all the workers. He expressed his gratitude to all for making BJP win in Gujarat which is also his home state and he had been the chief minister for 10 years. Infact, Gujarat fought the battle in the name of Prime Minister Modi in the backdrop as its poll icon.
There was a confusion in the Himachal Pradesh Congress over the name of chief minister. Three name came up – Pratibha Singh (widow of former chief minister Birbhadra Singh), Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukku’, and Mukesh Agnihotri. The issue turned in serious party conflict and on Saturday, a team of senior Congress leaders – Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Saurabh Shukla,Chattisgarh chief minister Baghel were set to find a name. The name of Sukku was finalised as chief minister and Agnihotri’s name was making rounds for possible deputy chief minister.