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The Gujarat, Himachal Challenges For Congress

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The Gujarat, Himachal Challenges For Congress

The Congress is trying various strategies to win back Himachal and wrest Gujarat from the BJP

Upbeat mood: Supporters of Congress candidate Sunder Singh Thakur in Kullu
Upbeat mood: Supporters of Congress candidate Sunder Singh Thakur in Kullu Photo: PTI

In poll-bound Gujarat, the contest is between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, as it has always been. No regional party has been able to break into this two-party contest ever in Gujarat’s history. Ironically, this time it is the performance of a third party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), that has forced the Congress and the BJP to change their poll strategies.

In Gujarat, political analysts say, the final tally for both the Congress and the BJP will depend on the inroads that the AAP makes. If the AAP remains confined to the four urban centres of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, and Rajkot, it will harm the BJP as the Congress is traditionally very weak in these four areas. But much would depend on the vote share the AAP would get in these regions.

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