Modi Wave Prevails As BJP Wins UP, Uttarakhand With Landslide Margins

SRINAGAR: Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party decimated Congress-Samajwadi alliance in Uttar Pradesh registering a landslide victory after securing 324 seats in an assembly of 403 members. The UP elections are considered important viz-a-viz national politics in India. In 2014, Modi led BJP campaign secured most MP seats from this state.

Similarly, BJP over ran Congress in Uttarakhand winning 57 seats in the assembly of 70 members.

However, SAD-BJP coalition in Punjab faced defeat where Congress emerged as a winner winning 77 seats in a house of 117 members. It, however, proved great for Arvind Kejriwal led AAP which won 20 seats in a first outside Delhi thus making it a party with far reaching impact.

In Goa and Manipur, both national parties have not been able to obtain a simple majority thereby having to beg the support of the independents and other parties.

Soon after the BJP’s astounding victory in Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, prime minister Narendra Modi, who led the party campaign, thanked ‘karyakartas’ for their hard work and all the people who reposed faith in the party.

“Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of society. Huge support from the youth is gladdening. I salute the hard work of BJP Karyakartas. They have tirelessly worked hard at the grassroots level & won the confidence of the people.” PM Modi congratulated Amit Shah, party office bearers and state units “for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights,” he said in a series of tweets.

The prime minister said the party believes in the ‘power of 125 crore Indians.’

“Every moment of our time, everything we do is for welfare & wellbeing of the people of India,” he said in another tweet.

In Uttarakhand, the BJP, yet to name a chief ministerial candidate, was victorious in 56 seats pushing the incumbent Congress party down to 12 seats. Chief Minister Harish Rawat tasted defeat in both seats – Hardwar rural and Kichha.

EVM Machines were Managed In Favour Of BJP’

BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday alleged that voting machines had been "managed" in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and that it was difficult to accept the "very surprising" election results.

"These election results are very surprising. It is very difficult to accept them," said Mayawati, whose Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fared poorly in the state elections.

"The reports I got have raised the suspicion that the voting machines have been managed... It appears that voting machines have not registered votes cast in favour of other parties or all the votes have been polled for the BJP. Even Muslim votes have gone to the BJP," she said.

Her comments come as the Bhartiya Janata Party won an overwhelming majority in UP.

‘Iron lady’ of Manipur Gets 90 Votes, Only

 Human rights activist-turned politician Irom Sharmila, who was contesting after 16 years of struggle and hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, got only 90 votes.

Sharmila was contesting on the Thoubal assembly seat against chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, but got only 90 votes, reported The Wire.

Ibobi won the seat after defeating BJP candidate L. Basant Singh by 10,400 votes. He received 18,649 and the BJP candidate 8,179.

BJP ‘Sold Dreams’ To Win UP: Congress

The BJP "sold dreams" to win Uttar Pradesh and voters would soon realise when the party fails to deliver on its election promises, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said Saturday.

"The BJP won elections in UP because of selling dreams and the reality will come soon when they fail in delivering these dreams," Vadakkan told a news gathering agency.

His comments came as the Bharatiya Janata Party was all set to win power in the country's most populated state, leading in over 300 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly.

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

"The BJP lost the election in (Goa) because it failed to deliver what it had committed to people there," he said.

On the Congress party's humiliating defeat in Uttarakhand, Vadakkan said the core section of the Congress had joined the BJP, which "really affected us".

The BJP made a complete sweep in Uttarakhand and appeared winning 57 out of the 70 assembly seats. The Congress could manage leads in only 11.

The Congress leader also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying it could not manage to win in Punjab because of its "bad performance" in Delhi.

"Punjab people would have surely observed the AAP's work in Delhi and decided accordingly," Vadakkan said.

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