A Perfect B’day gift to Modi – BJP wrests Congress bastion in Gujarat

published on September 17, 2010

Gandhinagar, Sep 17  It was a perfect birthday gift for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) easily won for the first time the Kathlal assembly seat, a Congress bastion.

Kanubhai Dabhi of the BJP bagged 62,120 votes against 40,573 votes of Congress’ Ghelabhai Jhala to wrest the seat in Kaira district.

With the win, the BJP now has 123 seats in the 182-member assembly. The Congress has 54 seats.

Overjoyed BJP leaders termed it the best gift for Modi on his 60th birthday.

Modi was unrelenting in his criticism of the Congress at a victory rally held at Kathlal in the evening.

‘It is a defeat for the forces of negativism and the CBI-Congress conspiracy,’ he said in a reference to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case in which former home minister Amit Shah was arrested.

The chief minister said investigative reporters needed to probe why the Election Commission ordered a re-poll in six polling booths without any provocation, complaint or violence.

The result has come as a morale booster for the BJP as Gujarat goes into election mode with a string of local self government body elections lined up over the next month or so.

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