12 March, 2017
Both the BJP and the Congress party failed to win a majority of seats in western Goa state and northeastern Manipur state. "In the situation of a fractured mandate, everyone is in the running to form the government". The BJP has also swept neighbouring Uttarakhand. BJP candidates won in all major cities, including Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur and Varanasi, Modi's Lok Sabha constituency. India TV predicted a hung assembly, projecting 15-21 seats for the BJP and 12-18 for the Congress.
Even so, Modi's political problems won't vanish overnight if the BJP wins control of the Uttar Pradesh state assembly. BJP is set to return to power in UP after a 14-year gap during which regional parties such as the SP and BSP had held sway. It seems that demonetisation has worked in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party and not against it.
"This is the victory of the corruption-free rule and pro-poor polices under the leadership of Modi", he told a media conference at the BJP national headquarters in Delhi soon after the elections results began pouring in as party activists broke into wild celebrations setting off crackers, distributing candies and splashing colours two days ahead of the festival of Holi. "Huge support from the youth is gladdening", he said. Election results declared today showed a BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand but a loss in Punjab. Muslims are known for tactical voting, but this time it appears the community has voted for issues. She provided no evidence for her claims, which are unlikely to be taken seriously.
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The upper house has 245 members, a third of whom retire every two years.
A decision as to who will be BJP's new chief minister in UP would be made by the party's highest policy-making forum - the parliamentary board - and the legislature party in the state soon, Shah said.
In Uttarakhand, it gave the BJP a majority with 43 seats followed by the ruling Congress with 23. The assembly elections of these two states are scheduled to be held in 2018. But its staggering demographic weight makes it the most politically consequential state in India's democracy. "The people have shown their commitment to nation building under the BJP", said chief spokesperson of state BJP Sunil Sethi. Still, a win in Uttar Pradesh would change Modi's expectations for the remainder of his first term in office and a potential second term. Quite obviously, the biggest win by far is in Uttar Pradesh, where a landslide of 325 seats has gone to Narendra Modi-led BJP, and is a testament of Amit Shah's organisational skills.
Led by former chief minister Capt Amrinder Singh, the Congress had forged ahead in 65 seats with the Akali-BJP alliance ahead in only 28 and Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party (AAP) ahead in 24 seats. The BSP gave nearly 100 seats to Muslims and SP- Congress alliance was too forged with an eye on minority votes. "It is also clear that they did not like the alliance between Akhilesh (Yadav) and Rahul (Gandhi)". I agree that, in UP, we need fundamental restructuring thinking for Congress as a whole.