BJP retains Surat West seat
Gujarat BJP won the Surat West by-election with its candidate Purnesh Modi defeating the Congress candidate by a margin of 66,274 votes in the results announced on Sunday.
Earlier, the seat was occupied by BJP's Kishor Vankawala. However, after Vankawala's death it became necessary to hold the by-election.
Interestingly from the results, it has emerged that 2,307 people had opted for the None Of The Above (NOTA) option.
A total of 12 candidates had contested the election, voting for which was held on December 4. The election witnessed 54 per cent voting. Apart from the BJP and Congress, the remaining 10 candidates were fighting the election as Independent candidates.
On Sunday, counting began at Gandhi Engineering College, where candidates were seen standing with their respective party workers and supporters. After each round of the counting, BJP workers were seen celebrating the results by playing music on the road. Meanwhile, the picture in the Congress camp was completely opposite as the leaders were seen standing silently and discussing the situation with their supporters.
At the end of the final round, the election officials declared BJP candidate Purnesh Modi as the winner. Modi secured 86,029 votes, while Congress candidate D L Patel managed to get only 19,755 votes. BJP workers and supporters were seen celebrating, with some of them lifting Purnesh Modi on their shoulders as he showed the victory sign.
The Congress workers and supporters of the Independent candidates were seen leaving the place quietly.
In the 2012 Assembly election of the constituency, a total of 67 per cent voting was recorded and Vankawala had defeated Congress candidate Usha Patel by a margin of over 69,000 votes.
Talking to The Indian Express, Purnesh Modi said, "I am thankful to the voters of my constituency, as they had faith in me and also kept Narendra Modi in mind before casting their votes. The victory is not mine alone; it is the work of the entire team who worked day and night with me during the election campaign. I thank God for the victory."