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Modi to clinch hat-trick in Gujarat, Congress defeats BJP in HP

Shimla/Ahmedabad, Dec 20 (), : Well on the track, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday is about to clinch a hat-trick assuring the BJP’s calculation to become the prime ministerial candidate in 2014 elections.

While the BJP was in the driver’s seat in Gujarat leading in 95 seats after winning 23 of the 182 seats, the Congress appears to be ahead in 50 after winning 8.

Greeting Narendra Modi for securing a third consecutive win, Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday congratulated Modi whole-heartedly. Amitabh Bachan who is in Chennai participating in the valedictory of the 10th Chennai International Film Festival, said to reporters that he felt extremely happy with Modi’s win.

Ousting the BJP from power in Himachal Pradesh, the Congress put up an energetic campaign under former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, and is expected to return to power in the hill State.

Even though the BJP was maintaining silence in announcing Modi to be the party’s PM candidate, BJP MP Smriti Irani announced openly that she will support Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. Modi was also appreciated by suspended MP Ram Jethmalani, for forming the government in Gujarat for the third consecutive time. Jethmalani termed that Modi’s victory would certainly strengthen his contention for being the PM candidate.

The Congress which believed that Keshubhai Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) can be used to defeat Mr Modi performed very badly.  The NCP and JD (U) were also said to be leading with one seat each. The BJP in 2007 elections which appeared to have slightly improved on its tally of 117 might fall through with a two-thirds majority figuring 122. In the last election, the Congress won 59 seats.

Meanwhile chances for a victory in Himachal Pradesh for the BJP are looking faint as it is heading for a defeat in the hilly state. The Congress clinched victory in 36 out of 68 seats whereas the BJP achieved 24 seats and others 4.

In the 2007 polls, the saffron party got 41 and the Congress 23. Congress in HP continued to lead in more than half of the seats and seems to reclaim power in the hilly State after sending out the State Chief Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal.