The BJP secured its sixth straight victory in the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, the results for which were announced on Monday. Till filling of the report, the saffron party had already won 99 seats while the Congress party had won 77 seats and was leading on two seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and said the BJP was the only party that had won on the agenda of development, and that those who indulged in mockery of ‘vikas’ had been taught a lesson by people. He asked his opponents to recognise the people’s verdict and accept that the politics had changed and there’s no place for hatred. The Election Commission begun the counting of votes polled in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday morning. The counting of votes was underway at 37 centres across the state’s 33 districts, amidst tight security. Exit Polls had recently showed that ruling BJP will win the Himalayan state with impressive margin and retain its power in Prime Minister Modi’s home state. All eyes were on Gujarat results as the saffron party has been ruling the state for over two decades and the prime minister comes from here. While BJP did not find any resistance in Himachal, it was faced with tough challenge from Hardik Patel, distressed farmers in Gujarat. The BJP’s main rival party the Congress stitched a broad social coalition with prominent Patidar, OBC, and Dalit leaders – Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jigesh Mevani – in its bid to remove the saffron party. Patel led a long agitation of his community for reservation, while Thakor led counter protest against inclusion of Patidars in the OBC reservation list. Mevani raised his voice against Dalit atrocities. In Himachal, the polls were conducted in single phase last month. In Gujarat, the elections were held in two phases that concluded on December 14. An average 68.41 per cent polling was recorded Gujarat.