It is an open secret that people of the entire nation are fed up with the ruling BJP at the centre and Gujarat is not an exception. ( Why Modi-shah Anxious in Gujarat? December II) There are various reasons why Modi and Amit Shah had to run from pillar to post to win the Gujarat Assembly elections. The demonetisation-gst effect threatened the duo to the hilt as these two draconian implementations had badly hit Gujarat which is full of traders, both small and big, opinion polls were not in favour of the BJP.
Sensing the mood of the electorate the BJP government went into a damage control process by relaxing tax on hundreds of items in the GST and also announced huge develop mental activities including the bullet train, Narmada opening, etc. The Election Commission also helped the government by postponing the election in Gujarat, enabling the government to announce all sops to the state.
Moreover, Congress went aggressive in its campaign with a rejuvenated Rahul addressing many election meetings which attracted huge crowds which made Modi and Shah go into jitters and change the style of their election campaign. Sensing that only he, as the son of the soil, can bail out the saffron party from summary defeat, the Prime minister preferred to stay put in Gujarat and conduct number of election campaigns unprecedented for a Prime Minister.
He also tried to win sympathy votes by encashing on the ‘neech’ talk of Mani Shankar Iyar and harping on threat to his life by Pakistan orchestrated by the Congress party! He also never failed to remind the electorate of the Gujarati pride and he a Gujarati, occupying the PM’S seat.
Though finally the BJP won the elections, Congress had also done very well. If only Lady Luck had been in their favour, the Congress would have won the elections as they lost in almost 18 constituencies by a slender margin of just one or two thousand of votes.
The BJP, no doubt, has escaped through the skin of their teeth and it is but natural that Modi and Shah were really anxious and had to be on tenterhooks till the results were out.