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Gujarat Election Result 2022: BJP registers huge victory, breaks Congress' record of 1985

Gujarat Election result 2022: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat has swept away the elections. The saffron's party tally stood at 156,  while Congress at 17, AAP at 5 and Others at 4. It is evident that BJP has registered a straight seventh win in Assembly elections in the state. 

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First Published Dec 8, 2022, 7:00 AM IST

With a historic win today in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party broke the Congress's previous record set in 1985. The saffron party tally stood at156 seats, Congress at 17, AAP at 5 and Others at 4. The Congress, which performed well in 2017, saw its lowest vote total in Gujarat ever—less than 20. The party "conceded" long before the election with a dejected and tardy campaign.

Since 1995, the BJP has never lost in Gujarat. Surprisingly, during its 27-year control, the party has not seen anti-incumbency. On December 12, Bhupendra Patel, who became chief minister a year ago, will be sworn in for a second term.

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Exit polling suggested that the BJP would win with a sizable majority in Gujarat, and if these predictions come true, the saffron party would rule the state for a record-tying seventh straight term. A favourable outcome for the BJP will support Narendra Modi's campaign for a third straight term as prime minister in 2024. The difficulty for the Congress would remain relevant in the face of the AAP's threat.

The Congress was projected to win between 16 and 51 seats, while the ruling party is anticipated to win between 117 and 151 seats. It was predicted that the Aam Aadmi Party will win two to thirteen seats. Gujarat has a majority score of 92.

Since the state's elections were declared, Prime Minister Modi has taken the initiative and held more than 30 rallies. One of these, according to the party, was a 5-hour mammoth roadshow, the longest by any Indian political figure.

With Kejriwal emphasising the urban middle class and the impoverished, AAP, however, was not far behind the BJP in terms of optics. His decision to fly a Dalit family to Delhi and host them for dinner grabbed headlines. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi took time out of his Bharat Jodo Yatra to participate in the party's understated campaign. The state Congress' door-to-door campaign was very different from the BJP's massive, extravagant one.

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Earlier, the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections saw an average voter turnout of 63.31 per cent, while the second phase saw an average voter turnout of 64.65 per cent. The two have had 63 per cent voter turnout on average. Gujarat's current polling results are the lowest since 2007.

This time, the Gujarat election was a showcase of a three-way race between the BJP, in power, the Congress, and Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party. A party must win at least 92 of the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly in order to take power in the state.

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The BJP had bagged 99 Assembly seats and Congress 77 seats in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election. The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) had won two seats while Nationalist Congress Party had managed to win one. Three Independents had also won in the last Assembly polls.

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