New Delhi : Though the Congress scored 3-2 victory in this round of the Assembly elections, winning almost two-third seats in Punjab and the highest seats in Goa and Manipur, the BJP leaders hailed the party’s stunning victory in UP and Uttarakhand as a run-up to win the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
They said UP voters have reposed the same faith in the BJP that they bestowed in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and that shows that the party can carry on to wipe out the Congress. They credited the party’s victory in the two Hindi states to credibility and charisma of Modi and Amit Shah.
As Union Minister Prakash Javadekar underlined, the BJP was no where in Manipur five years ago but it giving a neck-and-neck fight to the Congress this time shows the party has now become a major player in the NorthEast.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP won because of the anti-incumbency against the Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s government, along with desertion of most of the prominent Congress leaders to the saffron party on account of his failure to take them along. Rawat, who had taken over as the CM in 2013 after the floods ravaged the hill state, concentrated all powers in his hand and forced the dissidents to better leave the party as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi just refused to listen to their repeated pleas for correctives.
The Prime Minister was not shy of telling the electorate in his meetings and rallies that Hindus had no place in the SP government while Muslims were being favoured and that tactic worked in creating a popular perception when the people saw the alliance of the SP and the Congress to prevent division of the Muslim votes and Mayawati”s Bahujan Samaj Party gave ticket to over 100 Muslim candidates. Political pundits say this popular perception helped the BJP unite the Hindu votes in its favour.