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    BJP breaks into Cong bastion, wins Kathlal by-election by over 21,000 votes


    KATHLAL (Gujarat): BJP on Friday broke into the Congress bastion by winning the Kathlal Assembly by-elections by over 21,000 votes.

    The counting for the elections, which took place on September 13, began today with BJP candidate Kanu Dabhi leading from the beginning of the counting from his nearest rival Ghelabhai Zala of Congress.

    While, Dabhi got 62,120 votes, the Congress candidate received 40,573 votes. Dabhi won by a margin of over 21,547 from Zala.

    The elections for the Kathlal Assembly constituency had passed off peacefully with over 62 per cent electorates casting their vote, on September 13.

    The by-elections were necessitated due to death of sitting Congress MLA Gautam Zala.

    Kathlal Assembly seat is considered to be a Congress bastion where BJP has never been able to win since the formation of separate Gujarat state in 1960.

    This will be a big boost to BJP just ahead of elections to six municipal corporations scheduled to be held on October 10.
     
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    On Modi’s b’day, BJP storms Cong bastion

    [b]On Modi’s b’day, BJP storms Cong bastion[/b]

    Rathin Das | Ahmedabad

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday received a unique gift on his birthday as the ruling BJP wrested the Kathlal Assembly seat from the Congress with a huge margin of 21,547 votes.

    This gift on his 61st birthday is of special significance for Modi as the BJP has won the seat which has been a Congress bastion since Independence. However, it would not make any substantial difference to the legislature arithmetic, wherein the ruling party already enjoys a two-thirds majority.

    With this victory, the BJP strength in the 182-member Assembly goes up to 122 while the Congress number comes down to 54.

    The by-election for the Kathlal Assembly seat in Kheda district of central Gujarat, which fell vacant after the death of Congress legislator Gautambhai Jhala two months ago, was held on Monday. Counting was initially scheduled for Thursday but was postponed by a day due to re-polling in several booths following complaints of EVM machines malfunctioning at many places.

    The BJP candidate, Kanubhai Dabhi, who had lost by a margin of 2,600 votes in December 2007, polled 62,120 votes this time against his Congress rival Ghelabhai Jhala’s 40,573 votes. Bharat Jhala, son of deceased legislator Gautam Jhala, who contested as an independent following denial of Congress ticket to him, polled only 1,643 votes.

    The BJP’s victory in the hitherto Congress bastion is all the more convincing as it cannot be attributed to the rebel candidate who polled only a fraction of the victor Kanubhai’s margin of more than 21,000.

    Coming as it did just three weeks before the Municipal Corporation election in six major cities, the BJP victory in the Congress stronghold would prove to be a big morale booster in the civic polls.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi seized the opportunity to take a dig at the Congress and the CBI. Modi told reporters that the combined efforts of Congress and CBI could not defeat the BJP in Kathlal.

    He said that people of Kathlal have given a befitting reply to the Congress and CBI’s conspiracy to derail the pace of development in Gujarat. Modi said that the battle at Kathlal was between BJP’s development versus Congress’s destruction and the people have pronounced their verdict.

    The Chief Minister said that Kathlal’s Muslims, too, have overwhelmingly voted for the BJP as they have realised the benefits of development.

    BJP’s winner Kanubhai Dhabi gave the credit for the victory to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said that Kathlal’s verdict was a vote for development.

    Jubilant party workers in Kathlal, the counting centre at Nadiad and headquarters in Ahmedabad celebrated the victory dancing and bursting firecrackers.

    In Delhi, buoyed by the victory, the BJP renewed its attack on the Congress, saying it can harass people by using CBI, but can’t win elections.

    “The victory has come as a tight slap on the face of the CBI and Congress leaders, who left no stone unturned in their bid to get majority of votes in their favour,” BJP spokesman Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in Delhi on Friday.

    Claiming the verdict laid bare the Congress’s attempts to misuse the CBI in the Sohrabuddin case for its own political gains and reaffirms the BJP’s developmental agenda and pro-people policies, Sitharaman said people have chosen the BJP over the “Congress-CBI alliance”.

    “Three generations of the Solanki family have held sway over this seat on behalf of the Congress for long. But the voters of Gujarat have approved Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s good governance and have given a massive, substantial victory margin to the BJP,” Sitharaman said.

    Sitharaman pointed out that EC took the unusual decision to hold the by-election during monsoon, as Congress was confident of its victory and wanted a victory in Narendra Modi-ruled State to boost the morale of its cadre in Bihar. “By this (loss), Congress can understand that it is increasingly losing the pulse of the people,” she said.
     
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    When people says BJP should leave issues like Ram temple, Hindutva and talk about development, people tend to forget that development is one part which is inclusive in BPJ agenda. In fact BJP need not to talk much about development vocally because their work on ground speaks more louder and their five states clinching 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 among the fastest growing state Indian testifies this.
     
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    "Whats big deal winning an assembly seat in gujarat.Even Hitler's Nazi party came to power through popular vote.";DD
     
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    Not a big deal ... Gujarat is BJP playground and they have a strong hold on it thanks to Modi
     
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    infact this win has nothing to with what bjp has done in the state but has everything to do with congress's foolishness. congress nominee should have been gautam zala's son, who when did not get the ticket stood as an independent and the votes were split, and the result is on expected lines, on the contrary had bjp not capatilized on this would have been seen as a sign of bjp weakening in the state, which i am sure would have been given a lot of fuel by our media.

    other than that it is because of pro-development policies of narendar modi that even today some muslims vote for him. that said, no one in india fights elections on a pro-development plank, it is always fought on emotive issues, but then when was india first and rest second, it has always been me and my interests first, then others and country last.
     
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    Kathlal has a Muslim majority and hence the victory is not only because of the Congress mismanagement and to an extent it is also can be attributed to one having a better life than before because of development.

    No matter what is one's religion, community or whatever, one just wants to lead a peaceful and productive life.

    I was told when I visited Gujarat twice that things are peaceful, even if not perfect since it is too early to wipe away the horrors.

    Let better sense prevail amongst the political parties, all of them!
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    As far as I know, the Nazi Party did not come to power through popular vote.

    They came to power as a Coalition and then eliminated the partners.
     
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    Like Ray Sir said Kathlal has a Muslim majority and some even says their population score 60%. This is decisive percentage by any stranded and Muslims in India are known for voting as whole.

    In the environment where Congress Bureau of Investigation is doing everything to blame and label Shri Narenda Modi as Piranah for muslims and Muslims outside Gujrat accepting it this by-poll election results becomes a very big deal in itself.
     
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