The BJP won the Gujarat assembly polls for a record sixth straight victory today, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, tightening the party's grip over the country's politics with general elections only 18 months away.
Counting of votes will be held on Monday for the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly polls. Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state is being seen as a prestige battle for him and new Congress president Rahul Gandhi. While the BJP is seeking a sixth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback in power after being in the opposition for over two decades. The results are expected to have a bearing on the 2019 parliamentary polls also as Modi had come to power in 2014, based on the Gujarat ‘model of development’.