BJP rides Modi wave to win big in UP

Mar 12, 2017, 00:56
BJP rides Modi wave to win big in UP

Nearly four in 10 voters backed the BJP, the Election Commission said, close to the party's vote share in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it won the biggest national majority in three decades.

Justifying his party's alliance with the Samajwadi Party, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said the formula of association did not fail.

The three polls projected 110-130, 120 and 156-169 seats respectively for the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and 57-74, 90 and 60-72 seats for the Mayawati-led BSP. He was also behind the efforts that led Uma Bharti to become chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in 2003 and, more than a decade later, Devendra Fadnavis becoming the first BJP chief minister of Maharashtra in 2014. But the party by winning 311 seats surprised many, including some of the BJP leaders. The results mark the BJP's return to power in the state after a 15-year gap during which the Samajwadi Party and BSP held sway.

"Our election campaign has hit a roadblock", Modi told campaign managers and two federal ministers in Delhi last month, a week before the sixth of seven phases of voting was to begin in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

He said the example of BJP's failure to de liver lay in Goa where the party was running neck and neck with the Congress.

The results of exit polls on Thursday by various agencies have confirmed the widespread feeling that the voter sentiment is still in the favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party could emerge as the single-largest party in three of five states.

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Sixthly, Modi was able to capture the moral and political imagination of the people, eliminating divides such as rural-urban, caste-class, western-eastern, etc.

In a series of tweets, Modi said he was "overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of society".

Shah said election results in the four states clearly established Modi as the "most popular" leader in independent India and the people' mandate was a clear rejection of the politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement, a clear dig at BJP's main rivals in UP - SP, BSP and Congress.

Summary: India Today-Axis says Kejriwal's party may either get no seat or a maximum of two, while India TV-C-Voter suggests 0-4. The banks started having enough cash. "It's a tsunami not a ripple in a small pond", former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted. Though all exits polls had projected the BJP as a major victor in UP, the saffron brigade too had not thought that the margin of its victory here would be so big. The BJP managed 47 seats with 15 per cent vote share, while the Congress got 28 seats with 11.63 per cent vote share.

By now, the critics of PM Narendra Modi must have got the answer whether UP like this friendship between Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi. But, the only silver lining for the SAD-BJP combine is the fact that the margin of its defeat here is not as big as it was predicted. Working on this strategy, the BJP allocated around 150 seats to non-Yadav OBCs in UP. It registered key victories in both urban and rural areas, and appeared to demolish traditional caste equations. That means the BJP has to keep winning state elections if it hopes to achieve the upper house majority that Modi needs to advance his agenda.

Times Now-VMR poll forecast 190-210 seats for the BJP in the UP assembly, while India News-MRC gave it 185 and ABP- Lokniti CSDS 164-176 seats. Her allegation is unlikely to be taken seriously.