Victory of development over dynasty politics: BJP TN leader

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With the BJP crossing the half-way mark in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, the party is now poised to form the government in both the states, even as the early trends showed the Congress party giving a tough fight to it.

While Congress+ was leading in 75 out of 182 seats.

Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil is trailing against BJP's Virendrasinh Jadeja from Mandvi seat.

Final results were expected Monday evening. Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, who formally took over as party president at the weekend, was set to win more than 70 seats, far better than it had done in the past.

"The people of Gujarat have not forgotten the economic progress and the excellent law and order that prevailed while Modi was the chief minister".

For the 182 seats up for grabs, a total of 1,828 candidates contested the elections which were held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

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"There is no other leader close", said Shyam Jaju, party vice-president.

Modi faces a general election in 2019, but before then, the opposition aims to slow down Modi's momentum in state elections, with two more next year.

Talking to reporters, ahead of the day's proceedings at the ongoing winter session of the state assembly, Adityanath said that people have rejected the Congress and its leadership one after another and that they should now mull a strategy for 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The minister also expressed confidence that the BJP will "win a thumping majority in Himachal Pradesh and dislodge the Congress from power".

The Congress party has been steadily losing ground to the BJP since Modi's party swept to power in national elections in 2014.

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