Gandhinagar: The BJP has touched the 100-mark in Gujarat, where it won a sixth straight term on Monday but with a reduced margin, confined to double digits.
- Lawmaker Ratansinh Rathod declared "unconditional support" for BJP
- BJP got 99 seats on Monday, winning sixth term in Gujarat
- Congress won 77 seats, but claimed 80 with support of three independents
The party won 99 seats but has the support of 100 now, counting an independent legislator who was expelled by the Congress. Ratansinh Rathod, a lawmaker elected in central Gujarat, today declared his "unconditional support" for the BJP. Mr Rathod contested as an independent after he failed to get the Congress to field him.
A party needs only 92 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly to form government but 100 seats was seen as a psychological mark that the BJP struggled to cross on Monday when the votes were counted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah flashed victory signs after the BJP's won the Gujarat and Himachal polls.
When the results were finally declared, many reported that the BJP had won less than 100 seats in Gujarat for the first time in 25 years.
The Congress won 77 seats, but with the support of three independents, claimed 80.
The BJP had 116 seats and the Congress had 60 seats in the previous assembly.
Elections were held in Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP swept to power, defeating the Congress.