Elections 2012: Gujarat votes for the personality cult, devp
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Trends show that Gujaratis voted heavily for Narendra Modi's development model, but did not reject the Congress's dream home altogether.
The defeat of Kanubhai Kalsaria is a case in point. As a BJP MLA-turned-activist, he led a successful movement against the Nirma cement plant in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar but lost at the electoral post. His outfit, Sadbhavana Manch had set up five candidates on the coastline constituencies. A vindication of the development model is the trend that BJP was leading or winning areas covered by Special Economic Zones.
However, the party saw some upsets like ministers Dileep Sanghani (Amreli), Praful Patel (Himmatnagar), Fakirbhai Vaghela (Vadgam) and Jayanarayan Vyas (Sidhpur), who lost.
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