Gujarat assembly election: Valsad, a bellwether constituency again

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Valsad assembly constituency has once again proved its lucky charm for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Valsad assembly constituency has once again proved its lucky charm for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The BJP’s winning streak in this constituency assumes importance because, since 1975 whichever party has won the Valsad seat went on to forms the government in the state and therefore since 1975, Valsad has been proving to be a bellwether constituency.

In 1975, Indian National Congress Organization candidate Keshav Ratanji Patel won the election from Valsad, unseated the Congress from power in the state and subsequently formed coalition government with the Bharatiya Jan Sangh.



Thereafter, in 1980 when Congress candidate Dolatbhai Nathubhai Desai won the Valsad seat, the party returned to power in the state.

But in 1985, when Dolatbhai Desai himself fought independently against Congress candidate Barjori Covasji Pardiwala, he lost the election. The Congress party won the election for the consecutive term in the state.

In 1990, BJP candidate Dolatrai Nathubhai Desai defeated congress candidate Keshavbhai Ratanjibhai Patel and this time BJP and Janata Dal formed coalition government in the state. Dolatrai again won the seat for BJP in 1995, BJP formed the government and Keshubhai Patel became the chief minister of Gujarat.

Dolatrai’s winning streak continued in 1998, 2002 and 2007 elections, helping BJP to continue to remain in power in the state.



In 2012 assembly elections, another BJP candidate Bharatbhai Patel won the Valsad seat and BJP continued to rule Gujarat.

Today, Valsad once again proved to be lucky charm for the BJP. Bharatbhai Patel won the seat for second consecutive term by defeating Congress candidate Narendrakumar Jagubhai Tandel and it is no secret that BJP will be forming the government in Gujarat again.



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