Gujarat assembly election results 2017: Watch live coverage on Aaj Tak
Counting of votes for all 182 assembly seats in Gujarat took place today. The AajTak and India Today teams had undertaken an extensive tour of Gujarat before and during the elections.
Counting for votes in the high-stakes Gujarat Assembly Election today. Results of the much awaited Assembly polls will determine the future course of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf who has also served as the chief minister of Gujarat for four times .
The state witnessed its first phase polls on December 9 with a 65.75 per cent voter turnout and the second phase polls on December 14 saw a turnout of 69.99 per cent. The overall voter turnout for the Gujarat Assembly election according to Election Commission stood at 68. 41 per cent.
The festival of democracy gained momentum with aggressive election campaigns by the two key players - the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the grand old Congress party. People across the state turned up in great numbers to be a part of the decisive election.
According to the exit polls results, the prediction hints that the BJP is set to form the Gujarat government for the sixth consecutive time, however, today's result will most probably change the future course of Gujarat.
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An experienced team of journalists are doing a threadbare analysis of the Gujarat election results and trends on AajTak and India Today with eminent political observers, top leaders and noted psephologists.
The AajTak and India Today teams had undertaken an extensive tour of Gujarat before and during the elections.
GUJARAT IN FOCUS
Counting of votes for all 182 assembly seats in Gujarat took place today. Over 2.97 crore voters cast votes in the two-phase election which took place on December 9 and 14. Over 25 lakh more voters voted this year compared to 2012.
The Congress formed a caste combination on the lines of KHAM, which stands for Kshatriya, Harijan (Dalits), Adivasi (tribals) and Muslim, the theory propounded by former Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki - the father of current Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki. It fetched the Congress 149 of the 182 seats in 1980.
Joining hands with Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PASS) convener Hardik Patel, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani seems to have worked in favour of the Congress.
The Patidar movement, counter-protests by a section of the OBCs and agitations by Dalits against atrocities brought caste to the fore. The Congress used the opportunity to try reap a harvest.
BJP KEEPS HOPE FLYING
To counter the Congress, the BJP raked up issues of Ram Temple at Ayodhya and the "neech" remark made by now suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer and accused Pakistan of colluding with the Congress to help it win in the state.
Since Modi became chief minister of Gujarat in 2001, the BJP's seats and vote percentage has reduced in each assembly election.
In 2002, the BJP won 127 seats and got 44.81 per cent vote share, the highest ever while the Congress won 53 seats and got 35.28 per cent votes. In 2007, the BJP won 117 seats and 49 per cent vote share while the Congress won 59 seats with 39.63 per cent votes.
In 2012, the BJP got 115 seats with 48.30 per cent while the Congress won 61 seats with 40.59 per cent. But, the party is confident of winning the most crucial election in political terms.