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First pics: Party begins at BJP HQ as Modi set for win

Last updated on: December 20, 2012 11:22 IST

Photos: As BJP leads in Gujarat, celebrations begin at HQ

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Sonil Dedhia in Gujarat

The Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in Khanpur, Ahmedabad, is buzzing with party workers and news reporters.

People are glued to giant television sets, which have been put up by a news channel in front of the BJP headquarters.

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Image: BJP workers dance outside the party headquarters in Khanpur as the news of Modi's victory from the Maninagar constituency comes in
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com

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As we enter the building, we are greeted by party workers who are already in celebration mood and are distributing dry fruits.

A loud cheer takes place in the room as a news channel flashed that Narendra Modi is leading in Maninagar constituency.


Image: BJP workers begin celebrations outside the party HQ
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com

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Are you confident the BJP will win, we asked Manoj who works as a driver for the BJP candidate from Bharuch.

"One 100 per cent. Narendra Modi is the lion of Gujarat and is going to make a kill," he says optimistically.


Image: An decorated handcart outside the BJP HQ
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com

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Saduram Mishra, 77, who cycled all his way from Harpalpur district in Madhya Pradesh jumps in joy when he comes to know that Keshubhai Patel's Gujarat Parivartan Party has not won any seats.

"You see not only as the chief minister of Gujarat but people all over India want Modi to be the prime minister of India. For the first time in the history of India people are willing to choose their leader," says Mishra.


Image: A cyclist from Madhya Pradesh rode to Gujarat to support Modi
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com

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Suddenly there is a loud cheer from the adjacent room as television channels flash the BJP was way ahead of Congress.

BJP vice-president Purshottam Rupala arrives at the party headquarters, and addressing the media he says, "The initial results are in favour of the BJP, I am sure of our victory. Though we expect a lot more seats, still there is an hour to go before the final results are declared."



Image: A supporter of Modi otuside the BJP HQ
Photographs: Sonil Dedhia/Rediff.com

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He further added that development and peace in Gujarat in the last 10 years have favoured the BJP.

"People have voted for us because they believe in us. They believe that we have worked really hard and are happy with the developments. We will surely continue with the good work."



Image: BJP supporters are glued to giant television sets that have been put up outside the HQ
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com
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Post the 2002 Godhra riots, a majority of the Muslim population voted against Modi. But in this election, the minorities seem to be rooting for the Gujarat chief minister.  

Mohammed Sajjad and Mohammed Shaikh, who have gathered outside the BJP headquarters are confident that Modi will once again return to power. "There is no one who can defeat him. He has done a lot to for the development of Gujarat," says Shaikh.


Image: Muslim supporters of Modi, Mohammed Sajjad and Mohammed Shaikh, in Khanpur
Photographs: Sonil Dedhia/Rediff.com

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Talking about the Godhra riots, Sajjad says, "That's a thing of past. In the last 10 years there hasn't been a single day that Gujarat has seen a curfew or a bandh." 

"We have to forgive and forget and move ahead. I am sure of Modi's victory," he added.


Image: A vendor sells BJP flags and tee-shirts in Khanpur
Photographs: Reuben NV/Rediff.com
Tags: BJP , Modi , Sajjad , Gujarat , Godhra

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