Ahmedabad: Narendra Modi has won from Maninagar constituency by defeating IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's wife Shweta Bhatt of the Congress by a margin of 86,373 votes while his party is set to form the government in the state for the fifth time in a row.
Expressing his happiness over the win, the Gujarat Chief Minister posted a tweet, saying, "No need of looking behind ...FORWARD...We want infinite energy, infinite courage, infinite patience..."
Modi is set for a third term as the Chief Minister of Gujarat with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the clear winner in the assembly elections. Defeating anti-incumbency for the second time in a row, Modi has raised his prospects for a venture into the national politics.
According to the trends, though the BJP could not manage to get a two-third majority, it did manage to surge way ahead of the half-ways mark. The number of seats won by the party is expected to be similar to that in 2007 when it had won 117 seats.
The win of Narendra Modi has already sparked fresh debates over him being the Prime Minister candidate of the BJP in the 2014 General Elections. Speaking to CNN-IBN, BJP leader Smriti Irani said that given a choice, she would vote for Modi as the Prime Minister candidate.
However, the party skirted the question saying a decision on the issue would be taken later. BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the decision would be taken at an appropriate time.