Big win for Congress as party breaks BJP's decade-long winning streak in Gujarat

Congress candidate Geniben Thakore secured victory in Banaskantha, defeating BJP's candidate Rekha Chaudhary by a margin exceeding 20 thousand votes.
A file photo of a Congress supporter waving the party flag during a rally.
A file photo of a Congress supporter waving the party flag during a rally. (Photo | PTI)

AHMEDABAD: After a decade-long dominance in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the BJP's winning streak comes to a halt as Congress candidate Geniben Thakore secures victory in Banaskantha, defeating BJP's candidate Rekha Chaudhary by a margin exceeding 20,000 votes.

In what was seen as a tight neck battle, both BJP and Congress maintained leads in various rounds, but ultimately, Congress emerged victorious.

Geniben's assertive approach, consistent engagement with constituents, and innovative crowd-funding strategies proved advantageous for the Congress party.

Meanwhile BJP secured victories in 25 out of 26 seats. Additionally, the BJP has clinched five Legislative Assembly seats in by polls, left vacant by the resignation of four Congress MLAs and one independent. Notably, Arjun Modhwadia, who transitioned from Congress to BJP, secures a remarkable win in the Porbandar Legislative Assembly seat with a lead exceeding one lakh votes.

Significantly, there's a heated contest between BJP and Congress contenders for the Banaskantha seat, suggesting a potential interruption of Congress's winning streak by the BJP this time.

In Gujarat, BJP state president CR Patil secures victory in the Navsari seat by a margin exceeding four lakh votes, defeating Naishad Desai of Congress.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah clinches victory in the Gandhinagar seat, defeating Congress candidate Sonal Patel by a margin exceeding five lakh votes.

In the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, BJP candidate Purushottam Rupala's remarks on the Kshatriya Samaj stirred controversy, leading to opposition from the community across Gujarat. Despite this, Rupala secured victory by a margin exceeding two lakh votes, defeating Congress candidate Paresh Dhanani.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, contesting his first Lok Sabha election from Porbandar in Gujarat, emerged victorious, defeating Congress candidate Lalit Vasoya.

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