- It is a win for our governance and organisation: Smriti Irani
- Briefly, Congress, BJP ran neck-and-neck as per early trends from Gujarat
- BJP registers fifth straight win in Gujarat and sweep in Himachal
"It is cause for celebration. This is a victory of development, of the leadership of Amit Shah...It is a win for our governance and organization," said Ms Irani, 40, dedicating the victory to workers starting from the polling booth level.
Asked about the Congress giving the party a scare in the morning, when the tallies were almost neck-and-neck, the minister shot back: "I think Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (Whoever wins is king)."
Speaking above loud fireworks, singing and dancing at the BJP's headquarters in Delhi, Ms Irani also called it a win for the BJP's governance and organization.
The BJP has won a record fifth term in Gujarat with 100-plus seats; it had won 116 seats in the previous election in 2012. The party is also set to snatch Himachal Pradesh from the Congress.
It was out of power for a couple of years because of party in-fighting and rebellion by Shankersinh Vaghela. The party came back to power in 1998 and has ruled uninterrupted since then.
At least 92 seats are needed in the 182-member assembly to form a government in the state.