The resounding victory of the BJP in the UP and Uttarakhand Assembly elections is a clear endorsement of the policies of the Narendra Modi government. As journalist Dr Prannoy Roy says this was “one of the biggest and most significant elections in decades”. BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao in a tweet said, “Results prove that people of India are satisfied with Central Govt. and BJP ruled states. Congrats to BJP supporters.”
Pollsters, media and political commentators have failed to fathom the scale of Modi magic and his impact. Poll data showed the BJP’s vote share in Uttar Pradesh doubled to about 40% over the last assembly polls in 2012. The party bagged 42.6% votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, where it swept the state.
The BJP has decimated the Samajwadi Party government in UP and the Congress government in Uttarakhand.
The BJP and its allies have won 325 seats in a House of 403, the highest tally ever to be won by an alliance. The BJP has won the confidence of minorities that it managed to win seats in several Muslim-majority seats in the state. Prime Minister Modi has proved that development is the most effective tool to unite people and, as reports suggest, Muslim women had come out in large numbers to vote for the BJP. For instance, the Deoband Assembly seat, which has 70 per cent Muslims, was won by the BJP. Some observers say the issue of triple talaq raised by Modi has done wonders for the BJP.
The BJP is often stereotyped as an upper caste urban party. The massive vote share it got this election transcends caste divisions. It is estimated that BJP got 41 per cent Dalit votes and 42 per cent OBC votes. While 44 per cent upper castes voted for lotus, 45 per cent Jats reposed faith in the BJP.
Another state where the BJP performed exceedingly well was Manipur. Till the last elections, the BJP was never a force to reckon with in this Northeastern state. While the Congress emerged as the largest party bagging 28 seats, the BJP with 21 seats became the main opposition. Although the BJP lost power in Goa, it bagged highest vote share with 32 per cent. The Congress got only 28 per cent votes though it won17 seats.
The verdict has given the Modi government more legroom to take strong initiatives like demonetisation. It also means that the BJP will be able to send its person to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and increase its tally in the Rajya Sabha. This will ultimately bring political stability that is important for the progress of the country.