UP election results: BJP credits PM Modi for party win, workers erupt in joy
Overjoyed BJP workers, leaders and supporters hugged each other, broke into brief jigs and raised victory slogans at the party headquarters in the national capital as well as the Lucknow office.
As per current trends available, the saffron party is set to take power in the Uttar Pradesh, leading in 304 seats in the 403-strong state Assembly. Party spokesperson Sambit Patra gave credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the party’s good show in the state.
"The victory goes to Modi for his hard work, for his vision, for his pro-poor agenda," Patra said.
"He is the first Prime Minister in contemporary times who really worked for the poor. The tangible benefits that the poor got because of Modi is what has transpired this election in the way we are seeing," he added.
He also gave due credit to BJP president Amit Shah, saying, “His strategy was absolute micro management at every booth level and he maintained right from the beginning that we will be coming to power with a two-third majority (in Uttar Pradesh).”
BJP workers raised slogans like "Chappa Chappa Bhajpa", "Kahan pade ho chakkar mein, koi nahin hai takkar mein" and "Modi Modi".
Some were also carrying posters of Modi, who most feel acted as the game changer in BJP.
The imminent victory is set to end the BJP's 14-year exile in the state which the party said has been "ruined" by the BSP and the SP in the last decade.
Meanwhile, MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh said that the people shunned the caste politics of SP, Congress and BSP and voted for development.
"For the first time we are seeing people rising above caste in Uttar Pradesh. The voters have moved a step ahead of politicians," he said.
On the other hand, there was no activity at the ruling Samajwadi Party's office at Vikramaditya Marg, which is located just next to the house of former party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The sprawling BSP office near the Annexe, the power centre of Uttar Pradesh government, also wore a deserted look.
Congress office at Mall Avenue, which saw limelight return to it after the party entered into alliance with the ruling SP, also was deserted with almost negligible visitors.