Gujarat election is over and BJP is all set to form its government for the 6th consecutive term but the results need to be examined very carefully as it was a neck and neck fight between the two different ideologies.
BJP won 99 seats and the leading opposition party, Congress got 77 seats which is a big number and also marks a question on the majority party’s claims of development in Gujarat. Another important data of Gujarat Election result that should be taken into consideration is that Rural voters of Gujarat chose Congress over BJP.
The countryside constituencies like Saurashtra which is a predominantly rural belt comprising 11 districts and a third of the State’s area. In this region, the Congress won in about 32 seats, compared to 27 of the BJP. One of the reasons behind huge support for Congress in the Saurashtra region is that the cotton belt of the state is seeing continuous fall in prices of cash crops and the unwillingness of the state to do anything about it.
The rural-urban divide has been further accentuated with the Congress winning in Unjha that used to be Modi’s home. Part of the reason for the support that the Congress has got in rural areas is because of the tie-up with Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) This translates to a loss of 15 seats for the BJP and a gain of 13 for the Congress. Whereas BJP attracted the Urban voters as in cities like Surat, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar Vadodara, Rajkot backed the BJP strongly and helped it cross the mark.