The Hush Post:The Congress has been able to make inroads into the BJP citadel in Gujarat despite BJP having managed a sixth win in the Gujarat Assembly. This is quite evident from the fact that a Congress candidate has won from Prime minister’s hometown Vadnagar falling in Unjha constituency in Mehsana district, about 100 km from Ahmedabad.
The 40-year-old Congress candidate Asha Patel has defeated, by a wide margin, sitting BJP MLA Narayanbhai Lalludas Patel, 74, who hadn’t lost an election from this BJP bastion in more than two decades.
With 81,797 votes, Asha Patel had a lead of nearly 19,000 over her BJP rival who polled 62,268 votes, according to the poll body’s Gujarat poll result. Narayanbhai Lalludas Patel’s vote share in the Gujarat polls result was less than what he had secured in the 2012 assembly elections. It makes it a prized win for the Congress, particularly given how PM Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had made it a point to cover this seat in their campaign trail. Rahul Gandhi, the party’s star campaigner, had extensively campaigned in Unjha and also visited the Umiya Mata temple, close to Vadnagar. He was back in Vadnagar days before polling. It is the same town where at a railway station PM Modi used to help his father sell tea when he was a child.