Game on Gujarat!
New caste equations are taking shape for the upcoming December Gujarat Assembly polls even as two opinion polls — one by Times Now-VMR and another by India Today-Axis My India — have given the BJP between 118 to 134 and 115 to 125 seats respectively in the 182-member Assembly. Despite facing double anti-incumbency, the ruling BJP exudes confidence about returning to power for a fifth consecutive term based on its own calculations; yet, the ground situation seems a little more complex. Interestingly, for the first time since 1995, the major opponent, the Congress, is fancying a win in the state. While the BJP won 115 seats in the 2012 Assembly elections, the Congress has not crossed the figure of 61 in the state Assembly, since 1995.