Modi on a hat-trick, BJP secures absolute majority in Gujarat

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Narendra Modi. PTI photo

Ahmedabad (PTI): Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday 20 December led the BJP to a decisive win in Gujarat for a third time in a row with the party securing absolute majority clinching 103 seats of the 162 results declared for the 182-member assembly and leading in 13 seats.

Arch rival Congress, out of power in the state for the last 22 years, won 53 seats and its candidates are leading in 7 more.

NCP of Sharad Pawar, which fought the election in alliance with Congress, has won two seats and JD(U) one.

Others have bagged three seats, including one by Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.

Congress suffered a major blow when its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia lost the Porbandar seat to Babu Bokhiria of BJP by 17,146 votes, while Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil was defeated by Minister of State for fisheries Purushottam Solanki of the saffron party by 18,554 votes in Bhavnagar rural constituency.

Both were strong contenders for chief ministership in the event of Congress coming to power.

However, Shankar Singh Vaghela, Congress spearhead in the poll campaign and former state Chief Minister, managed to win Kapadvanj seat defeating Kanubhai Dabhi of BJP by a margin of 6597 votes.

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