Post the results, Hardik said that he will travel to rural Gujarat with his eyes now set on the 2019 general elections. But his image as a caste-based leader may prove to be his biggest limitation as even within the Patel community, the support to him is far from being unanimous. 5) Exit Polls fail once again So did the exit polls get it right this year? News 24 along with the much celebrated Today's Chanakya gave 135 seats to the BJP (plus-minus 11 seats) while it gave the lowest to the Congress among all pollsters at 47 seats (plus-minus 11 seats). News Nation gave the BJP 128 seats while News 18 and Republic were the most conservative who gave the BJP only 108 seats and the Congress 74 seats. It is clear from all the exit poll results that while they got the winner correct, they had failed to estimate the surge by the Congress and its allies who may finally settle around the 80 mark. 6) Any lessons for the BJP? The BJP will be happy that they have not just managed to beat the Congress and retain the PM's home state but also increased their vote share to over 49.1% (vs 47.8% in 2012). But they will have to look at some of the worrying trends that seem to have emerged this time. The Congress backed by the Patidars have pushed up their vote share to 41.4% (vs 39% in 2012). It is also important to note that in the 2014 general elections, the BJP had a whopping 60% vote share while the Congress was a distant second at 33% vote share. The slender margin of victory for the BJP is thanks to the urban voters who came out in support for the party as expected. Otherwise, rural Gujarat have given a thumbs up to the Congress - a strong message to the BJP that agrarian crisis in the state was not just an election issue but a real crisis for the farmers. According to the Times of India, "of a total 109 seats in rural constituencies, the Congress won or is leading in 62 while the BJP and others trail at 43 and 4 seats respectively." The Congress has added 23 seats compared to 2012 while 3 independent candidates have defeated their BJP counterparts in rural Gujarat. Speaking to FirstPost before the polls, Bhupad Koladiya, a loyal BJP voter from Jhinjuda village, unhappy with the state's crop insurance scheme said, "Modi has brazenly ignored us. It is time to topple the government. To be honest, I do not like Congress, but I want to vote BJP out of power." It appears that rural voters like Koladiya acted on their threat this time. A clear reminder for the BJP that the new government will have to take their concerns seriously if the party wants to win them back in time for the 2019 general elections. 7)�When you lose, blame the EVMs.� Once again, the losers have raised the bogey of EVM hacking without providing any credible evidence. On being grilled by reporters why he chose to believe the results in those regions where the Congress have won in huge numbers if EVMs are faulty, Hardik Patel stuck to his position. Accusing the BJP of manipulating EVMs in urban areas like Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, Patel said that the margin of victory in these urban pockets were very low which suggests EVMs were tampered with. "If ATMs can be hacked, why can�t the EVMs?,� said Patel at a press conference post the results. Interestingly, it was Congress candidate from Porbandar, Arjun Modhwadia who�filed a complaint with the EC that the EVMs in his constituency were��connecting via Bluetooth�. Speaking to the Indian Express, a polling booth official from Porbandar said, �It was a misinformation campaign. He switched on the Bluetooth device on his phone which showed �ECO 105�, a model of the Intex brand of phones, and he raised an alarm that the EVM had been hacked. We spend two hours locating that device. Our EVMs are tamper-proof,� the official said.
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This is not the first time faulty EVMs have been blamed after a big election loss. Ironically, it was the BJP's L K Advani who first raised questions about tampered machines after the UPA came back to power in 2009 general elections. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy also filed a PIL at the Supreme Court and the Election Commission was directed in October 2013 to implement�Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in a phased manner with 2019 as the final deadline. The EC introduced VVPATs in Gujarat this election.
Ok, this is hilarious! BSP polling agent�s wifi called ECO 105, mistaken for EVM hack! https://t.co/4cNyrXyJE6� Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) December 9, 2017