Congress winner in Gujarat: Chidambaram
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said while Congress is winning in Himachal Pradesh by wresting the state from BJP, the party is a winner in Gujarat too in the sense that it has been able to contain chief minister Narendra Modi in his previous position.
"Congress has won I think according to the last results I saw in Himachal Pradesh. In Gujarat too I think Congress is the winner," he told reporters in reactions to the trends of results before noon on Thursday.
"BJP has been contained below 117. If the BJP does not cross 117 then Congress has improved its tally. Congress is a clear winner in Gujarat too," said Chidambaram.
Meanwhile, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is all set to rule the western state for the third consecutive term as counting of votes in the state of Thursday showed a clear lead in favour of the charismatic leader who is eyeing to emerge as his party BJP's prime ministerial candidate in 2014 general elections.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in 100 seats and have won 17 seats already of the total 182 assembly seats that went to polls on Dec 13 and 17.
Narendra Modi himself won from the Maninagar seat beating his Congress challenger Shwetha Bhatt, wife of the anti-Modi IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
Congress on the other hand was leading in 55 seats and won 8 till results were showing at 1130 am.
Gujarat witnessed two phased polls on Dec 13 and 17.
The third consecutive victory of Modi is crucial for the Gujarat strongman who has pitched himself as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP for the 2014 general elections.
In the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh, the Congress is leading while the ruling BJP is trailing behind.
Cong is leading in 34 seats and have bagged four already at 1130 am. Congress thus made a gain of 15 seats as per the trends.
The BJP is leading in 21 seats and have won three seats, trailing in 17 seats in comparison to its performance last time as per the trends.
Polling was held on Nov 4 in Himachal Pradesh.
Congress leader Virbhadra Singh is a big favourite to win for the party the polls even as BJP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal earlier had asserted that he will come back for the second term.