18/12/2017 3:22 PM IST | Updated 18/12/2017 5:45 PM IST

Amit Shah Says It's Victory Against Caste Politics, Rahul Gandhi Concedes Defeat: Reactions To BJP's Win In Gujarat And Himachal

Other Congress leaders have largely remained silent.


After a neck and neck battle with the Congress in Gujarat, the BJP seems to be coming to power in both Himachal Pradesh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state. After the initial struggle that had party workers worried, celebrations have begun in BJP offices across the country.

Leaders of the party including Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and others have hailed it as the good work of party workers. Meanwhile, the Congress have been largely silent has they have lost state after state to the BJP since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.

Here are some reactions to BJP's big in in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat:

BJP chief Amit Shah called it a win against communalism, dynastic politics and politics of appeasement:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a victory for Gujarat and development:

Congress President Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat saying:

Union minister Rajnath Singh refused to make a comment, but did flash the victory sign.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated voters of Gujarat for a 'balanced verdict':

First time candidate Jigensh Mevani said:

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath praised the BJP leadership and took a dig at the Congress

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharam said people have recognised BJP's good work in the name of development:

Smriti Irani too called it a victory for development:

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi congratulated Narendra Modi and Amit Shah:

Meanwhile, PTI quoted him as saying, "Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar. This is the message to those who joked about vikas."

While the BJP was in a celebratory mood, Patidar leader Hardik Patel claimed EVMs were rigged.