Gujarat Elections 2007

  • In victory, Modi's heart goes out to BJP rebels December 25, 2007

    Ahmedabad: After a resounding victory, Narendra Modi is adopting a statesman like approach. Almost turning emotional in front of his newly-elected MLAs, he made an attempt to reach out to all rebels and dissidents. "We should build bridges with those who are annoyed with us and then work together," he said....
  • IBNLive Special: Winners of the Gujarat blog contest December 24, 2007

    Chief Minister for a third term Narendra Modi is not only the man of the moment in Gujarat politics, he is also shining on the blogosphere. When IBNLive.com invited people's reactions on the outcome of the Gujarat polls on Sunday, the response was more than overwhelming. Over 1,000 people wrote in their...
  • Surat funds BJP campaign, celebrates returns December 24, 2007

    Surat: While most of Surat celebrated the BJP’s clean sweep in the Gujarat Assembly Elections there were some members of the city’s diamond-trading community who had turned against Modi and were bitterly disappointed with the results. A large portion of the election campaign finance came from the wealthy city. All...
  • Modi elected leader of BJP legislature party December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: The newly-elected BJP MLAs of Gujarat met in Gandhinagar and elected Modi as the leader of the BJP legislature party on Monday. Modi is expected to meet the Governor to stake claim to form government. He is to take oath of office tomorrow. Modi is to meet his...
  • For BJP, Modi win can be a double-edged sword December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Once again the Moditva wave rules in Gujarat and the voters’ choice is Narendra Modi, who is all set to become the Chief Minister for the third time. It was a remarkable victory for Modi, a canteen boy from Vadnagar in northern Gujarat, who retained the reins...
  • Pics: Hindutva's poster boy is Guj's Common Man December 24, 2007

    Hinduvta’s poster boy Narendra Modi on Sunday led the BJP to a resounding victory in the state. Here's all the action from ground zero and elsewhere. ...
  • Gujaratis in London all praise for Modi December 24, 2007

    Wembley:Not just in Gujarat, many Gujaratis settled abroad also seemed to approve of Modi's victory. Majority Gujaratis in London have slowly woken up to the news that Modi is back in power. Some Gujarati people in London felt that Modi has done good work in Gujarat and for the country. They also...
  • Anatomy of Modi wave: Why is he invincible? December 24, 2007

    Modi’s stunning victory in Gujarat has all the elements of a classical Indian style electoral wave. It levelled the usual political divisions of the state: different political regions, urban centres as well as rural hinterland and different phases of polling behaved in a similar fashion. Barring a part of central...
  • Rebel bubble bursts for Cong | The losers December 24, 2007

    Rajkot (Gujarat): Former Gujarat chief minister, senior BJP leader and lead rebel against Narendra Modi, Keshubhai Patel put his entire political career of several decades on stake on this election. His aim was to swing to the crucial Patel vote away from Modi and riding with him were other discontented...
  • People of Gujarat fought for BJP, not me: Modi December 24, 2007

    Ahmedabad: A beaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the “55 million Gujaratis” for BJP's thumping win in the Assembly elections and termed his victory as a “positive vote”. Fresh from his impressive electoral victory, Modi attacked the Congress saying the party instead of accepting the people's mandate has...
  • Modi thumps his 56-inch chest with Gujarat win December 24, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Political pundits had said the Gujarat Assembly elections were a referendum on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. By that yardstick he has won—resoundingly. The BJP won 117 seats in the 182-member Assembly, slightly less than the 127 it got in 2002 at the height of communal riots, to return...
  • Cong leaders protect Sonia from blame of loss December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The winner has taken it all and the Congress's dream of return to power after 12 years in wilderness remains just that, a dream. Despite Congress President Sonia Gandhi as the star and being projected as Narendra Modi's main opponent, the party's percieved strength became its fatal weakness...
  • At the end of the day, it's worked for Modi December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Just 90 minutes into counting of votes in the battle for Gujarat, Narendra Modi's 56 inch chest got wider. He will now be Chief Minister for another five years. Modi's combination of a development agenda, dumping as many as 40 sitting MLAs, taking on rebels and ignoring potential allies...
  • Mayawati's BSP fails to win a single seat in Guj elections December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The 'elephant' has stumbled in Gujarat. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has failed to win a single seat in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, where it strove hard to emerge as the third alternative. It was a case of fifth-time unlucky for the BSP, which has been contesting some...
  • The losers: 5 rebels who got knocked out December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: Much to the disappointment of leaders like Keshubhai Patel and Suresh Mehta, the rebel factor failed to create much impact on the outcome of the BJP's prospects in the Gujarat Assembly elections. Only one out of the seven sitting BJP MLAs, who had crossed over to the Congress, managed...
  • Commentary: Modi's prospects as a national leader December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: Prima facie, Narendra Modi can be said to have pulled off a famous victory in Gujarat. Apart from trouncing the Congress party, he has also defeated the detractors in his own party, including those in the supposedly all-powerful Sangh Parivar, as well as a patently hostile liberal English...
  • The mathematics behind BJP's landslide victory December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: It all worked out perfectly for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the end of day. Party Position in 2007 Polls The BJP has won 117 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly and has secured an absolute majority. The party had won 127 seats in 2002 but the slight...
  • 'Merchant of death' remark proved to be a turning point December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged a clear winner in Gujarat on Sunday, some party leaders said it was Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's controversial 'merchants of death' remark that may have helped Chief Minister Narendra Modi turn the tide in his favour. According to BJP sources, even Modi...
  • Analysis: BJP consolidates stronghold with Moditva December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), thanks to Chief Minister Narendra Modi's mix of Hindutva and economic reforms, has further strengthened its hold over Gujarat by winning the state elections again, continuing its nearly unbroken record since 1995 - a rarity in India. Few parties except the Left Front in...
  • Exit polls get it wrong again at Gujarat elections December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Exit polls and opinion surveys again proved off the mark in Gujarat as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a landslide win despite predictions of a wafer-thin majority. According to a survey carried out by CNN-IBN in association with the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), the BJP was...
  • News and Analysis: Gujarat Election Outcome December 23, 2007

    Bit by bit coverage of the Gujarat Assembly election outcome. ...
  • Modi humble but fact is he has vanquished all December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the people of Gujarat after the BJP recorded a thumping victory in the Assembly elections. "I thank the people of Gujarat for giving me the responsibility of governance for another term," he said in a press statement. "I humbly accept the historic verdict of...
  • Gujarat verdict: Moditva overshadows Hindutva December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: It is a hard-earned victory for the BJP in Gujarat, its 'Hindutva laboratory', the credit for which mainly goes to Narendra Modi. Attacks and "sabotage" came from both within the party and political rivals for the Chief Minister, who was the BJP's face in the crucial elections in the...
  • Party is king, Rajnath reminds Modi after win December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad/ New Delhi: Modi masks, Modi T-shirts and Modi slogans—it was Chief Minister Narendra Modi all the way as tens of thousands Sunday celebrated a resounding win of the BJP in Gujarat. It was festival time at the BJP headquarters here and in virtually every town across the state with men...
  • Modi is Dhoni of Team BJP, says Ravishankar Prasad December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The 'Dhoni' of Congress Rahul Gandhi may not have been able to make the party victorious in Gujarat but that does not stop BJP to equate its mascot Narendra Modi to the youthful captain of the Indian cricket team. As soon as Gujarat Assembly polls threw up a remarkable...
  • Victory shows only BJP can develop India: Rajnath December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party has claimed that the victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls is due to the ideology of the party and the development work done by the government led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. "Hindutva is our ideology but this is not to divide people on communal lines,"...
  • In Pics: BJP celebrates thumping victory | Election frenzy December 23, 2007

    Crackers, flyers and even a Modi-look alike, BJP celebrated in style. ...
  • CM means 'Common Man' for Modi December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says he is CM today and shall be CM forever. In a SMS circulated by the BJP's media cell to reporters, Modi in his first reaction to the trends indicating substantial lead to the ruling party in the just-concluded assembly elections, said "I did not...
  • Modi juggernaut crushes BJP rebels, Congress December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The BJP is poised to register a resounding victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections on Sunday and Narendra Modi is all set to return to power as the Chief Minister for the third time, with the trends showing the ruling BJP was ahead in 117 out of 182...
  • In Pics: Election frenzy from Ground Zero December 23, 2007

    The Gujarat Assembly election 2007 is all about personalities and on Sunday their fates will be out. Here is all the action captured in pics. ...