Shah credits 'tallest leader' Modi for poll win


The NewsX -MRC poll gave the BJP 185 seats, the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance 120 and the Bahujan Samaj Party 90.The Times Now-VMR poll gave the BJP between 190 and 210 seats, the SP-Congress combine between 110 and 130 seats and the BSP between 57 and 74 seats. At the BJP's Delhi headquarters, party chief Amit Shah celebrated with jubilant party workers and credited the BJP's victory to PM Modi's leadership, describing him as "the most popular leader since Independence". It seems that demonetisation has worked in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party and not against it.

"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 IANS.

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Senior BJP leader and Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the party "has reached new heights in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and changed the political picture of the country". Her allegation is unlikely to be taken seriously.

The states' election results are set to be declared tomorrow.

After five hours of counting of votes in the elections held in the five states in February-March, BJP won or led in 309 seats in UP. With significant number of seats from Manipur in its bag, the saffron party is now eyeing Meghalaya and Mizoram with vows of development in the region. Exit polls have predicted victory for BJP in Uttarakhand. Unlike the lower house, whose members are elected by direct vote, the upper house is elected by state assemblies. But its staggering demographic weight makes it the most politically consequential state in India's democracy.

BJP state chief for UP Keshav Prasad Maurya said results are a win for progress. "The only factor for the win is the performance of the Modi government", he said.

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A victory will also boost BJP president Amit Shah's authority as capturing power in Uttar Pradesh has been a dream project for the party after it was reduced to the margins of the state politics that it ruled for much of the 1990s.

In Punjab, however, anti-incumbency sentiment finally sank the Akali Dal-BJP combination, and returned the Congress to power after a gap of 10 years, with 77 of the 117 seats.

Thanking for the unprecedented support which was received from all sections of society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the huge support of the youth is gladdening in Uttar Pradesh.

The nascent SP-Congress alliance crafted shortly before the elections this year was ahead in only 56 seats while Mayawati's BSP led in just 20 constituencies.

With 22 per cent vote share, is Akhilesh Yadav-Rahul Gandhi duo going to take responsibility for the defeat?

If this wasn't enough, his decision to join hands with the Congress despite Mulayam's displeasure, did not work out as the the grand old party's tally went down to 7 from its strength of 28 in 2012 and it was unable to transfer its votes to SP.