Another Modi wave… BJP records super win in Uttar Pradesh

Rajat Kain

FILE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in support BJP candidates in Jaunpur on Saturday, March 05, 2017.

FILE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in support BJP candidates in Jaunpur on Saturday, March 05, 2017.

Powered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s powerful campaigning, BJP stormed Uttar Pradesh polls winning by a huge 3/4th margin. As per the latest vote count, BJP and its allies were leading on more than 300 seats in a 403-member assembly.

It is also a rout for Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance who is distant second on near 70 seats, while Mayawati’s BSP has got decimated unable to even cling on 20 seats.

Celebrations began early for the BJP as the trends even bettered some Exit Polls projections, who had given BJP 280 odd seats. Soon after the vote count began, BJP began showing hints of things to come.

Minutes later, the wave turned into a tsunami with BJP stamping region after regions in Uttar Pradesh.

Ecstatic party workers and leaders were seen celebrating and congratulating the cadres, while the air was full of chants for Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who repeated his phenomenal Lok Sabha performance.

Under Amit Shah’s watch, BJP had won 71 seats in 80-member UP in 2014 Lok Sabha, striking over 40% vote share. This victory will certainly go a long way to stamp his legend in the Indian political landscape.

“This is a big victory. BJP has reached new heights in Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh and changed the political picture of the country,” said Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, who is also an MP from Uttar Pradesh.

On the other hand, it is perhaps the worst performance put up by both the regional heavyweights – Samajwadi Party and the BSP. The Congress, which had allied with the SP in a much celebrated way, has got further marginalised in the UP political sphere.

The results have now firmly set aside the string of issues raised by the Opposition, in particular Modi government’s move to demonetise the higher denomination currency notes.

With a huge majority in country’s most populous state, the ruling BJP looks in a firm driver’s seat with elections to come in future.