New Delhi, Dec 20: BJP ally, Shiv Sena showcased a dismal performance in Gujarat, as with all the 42 candidates it fielded for the high stakes Assembly elections in the state lost their deposit amount paid for filing their nomination papers.
All the candidates fielded by the Sena in the keenly contested election attained 33,893 votes, news agency PTI quoted a party leader was saying.
“Of these 42, eleven candidates got more than 1,000 votes. Samrat Patil from Limbayat polled 4,075 votes, the highest votes secured by a Sena candidate in this election,” he asserted.
However, this was not the first time that the Sena witnessed a defeat in the Gujarat polls.
“In 2007, Sena fielded 33 candidates in Gujarat and all lost,” he added.
“We barely got 15 days for the campaign. This period was too short. Our performance could have been better had we got three to four months to do the groundwork in Gujarat”.
In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, BJP regained power by clinching 99 seats, while the Congress improved its tally by winning 77 seats.