- Congress 41.4 per cent vote share in the Gujarat assembly elections
- The BJP won 99 seats in the assembly election, 16 less than last time
- BJP lost 13 seats in its stronghold of Saurashtra
In a two-horse race, a 49 per cent vote and a 7-8 per cent lead margin normally would have resulted in the much wider gap between the BJP and the Congress, Mr Jaitley, who was the BJP's election in-charge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.
But when it came down to the number of seats, the party didn't end up with as many seats as it normally would have, he said, dismissing suggestions from the Congress and others that the BJP was up against a massive anti-incumbency on account of the two decades that it had been in power in the state,
"If you get a 49 per cent vote share in a state, you can't really say it is anti-incumbency," he said.
It was the conversion of the votes into seats where the BJP wasn't as successful.
"I think a hole in the number of seats was created in about three or four districts of rural Saurashtra on account of certain local reasons," he said.
"It is really in those districts that we drew a blank," he said. The party will analyse the reasons but Mr Jaitley said his own assessment was that this happened due to certain agrarian factors. "It could also be related to the fishermen issues," he added.
In the BJP's traditional stronghold of Saurashtra which has 56 assembly seats, the BJP could win only 23 of those seats today compared to 36 in the last election. It lost 13 seats in Saurashtra and three in the rest of the state. The Congress has gained 15 seats in Saurashtra and four in the rest of the state.
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