Results from the northern state of Uttarakhand, also announced Saturday, show another remarkable result for the BJP, which almost doubled its representation in the Legislative Assembly. "Also appreciate that Congress turned out to be largest party in Manipur & Goa elections". The Prime Minister undertook a victory walk in the national capital just a day after BJP's resounding victories in the two states.
The current Uttar Pradesh BJP unit president and a senior party leader, Keshav Prasad Maurya, an OBC, has been one of the most talked names for the post of Chief Minster even before the beginning of the polls.
As PM's motorcade arrived at the roundabout on Ashoka Road near Le Meridien Hotel, he was greeted by supporters who had gathered on either side of the road.
According to an estimate, in 55 days, as many as 149 rallies were organised throwing a major challenge to the "Moditva phenomenon" in Narendra Modi's own political backyard, said an AAP leader. Out of 117 BJP members in 225-member assembly, at least 20-30 of them are ostensibly against the saffron party owing allegiance either to Yeddyurappa or another regional party floated by B. Sriramulu, a former BJP minister and a confidant of mining baron G. Janardhana Reddy. Anchored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, the BJP juggernaut rolled on in UP and in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand, bagging three-fourth majority. The party in fact kept its 2014 record almost intact-in its Lok Sabha sweep, the BJP won 323 of 403 assembly constituencies, losing just 25 or so of these between then and the 2017 election.
Talking about inclusive politics, the Prime Minister said, "Sarkar (government) is made with "Bahumat" (majority) but runs through "Sarvamat" - ours is a government of everyone". "This victory is unprecedented in many ways", Shah said. "He is the most popular leader", Shah claimed, adding that the demonetisation scheme, free cooking gas connections to the poor, mission on toilets under the Clean India programme and Jan Dhan accounts worked in favour of the BJP. We are confident of forming the government in all the three states.
On the question raised by Mayawati about EVMs being managed by BJP, Congress said: "It is a matter to be addressed by the Election Commission in order to erase all doubts about the integrity, honesty and impartiality of the electoral process".
"He is now well positioned for 2019", Kumar said, referring to the next national elections.