The counting of votes for the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections 2017 saw a historic landslide verdict in favor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 403-member UP assembly and leaving other big honchos like SP, BSP and Congress far behind.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led BJP to a stunning victory for the saffron party. BJP got 311 seats to emerge as the single largest party with a majority to form the government in Lucknow. A saffron sweep is visible across the length and breadth of Uttar Pradesh, except some pockets where Samajwadi Party has done well.
The ballot in the northern state represents the most important electoral test that PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has faced since winning the 2014 general election. The victory is an endorsement of PM Modi’s stewardship of Asia’s third-largest economy after his high-risk decision last November to scrap high-value banknotes worth 86 percent of the cash in circulation.
Exit polls had predicted the BJP will be the single largest party in the politically crucial state, where it fared exceptionally well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Winning and losing are part of electoral politics but nobody could have foreseen that voters in Assembly Elections 2017 would declare their verdict in such a resounding manner. Even their own leaders could not have imagined that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was headed for such a stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The way the Aam Aadmi Party was routed in Punjab was also something that most people would not have anticipated.
The credit for this landslide victory goes to Narendra Modi. Almost three years into his tenure, he hasn’t let even a stain of corruption taint the government’s record. It is Modi’s magic that the voters’ confidence in him hasn’t been shaken despite the hardships faced by them owing to demonetization. He drew huge crowds wherever he went and people clung on to what he was saying.
This massive victory of the BJP in UP has many lessons for India’s political parties. The political party should understand that people now want growth, development, and jobs, not caste politics, Mulayam and Lalu’s brand of crony socialism, or religious conflict.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Singh while addressing a press conference accepted his defeat. He said, “Maybe people of the state did not like the Express Way but voted for a bullet train.” He said that he accepts the verdict of people with humility but his entering into an alliance with Congress was not a wrong step. He has submitted his resignation to Governor Ram Naik.