Modi's party claims victory in India's Uttar Pradesh and three other states

By AFP
Published: March 11, 2017
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party claimed election victory in four Indian states on Saturday, calling it a “historic mandate” that would take the country’s politics in a new direction.

BJP leader Amit Shah said the party would form governments in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, where early counting showed it had won an overwhelming victory, as well as in Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

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“This is a historic mandate by the people of these states for BJP,” he said at a press conference at the party’s New Delhi headquarters.

“These results will set Indian politics in a new direction.”

India’s Election Commission is due to announce the final results later Saturday, but early counting shows the BJP leading in four out of five states where elections have been held over the past two months.

The opposition Congress Party retained power in just one state, northern Punjab.

Shah said the results were a defeat for “dynastic politics”, in an apparent jibe at Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul.

“The people have accepted the politics of performance,” he said, promising that the faith they had placed in the party and in Modi would be rewarded.

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  • abreez
    Mar 11, 2017 - 4:05PM

    In Punjab BJP got 17 seats and lost 51 seats, one should ask Amit Shah why people of Punjab rejected BJP because here BJP failed to purchase votes. People of Punjab feed India and one find little poverty in Punjab but Modi’s blunder of 8 November, 2016 caused unimaginable losses to the people of Punjab. It’s too early to calculate effects of Modi’s blunder; a chain reaction is in the process. Recommend

  • SAIKAT
    Mar 11, 2017 - 4:23PM

    @abreez:
    It’s not BJP it’s SAD, Previously BJP had 12 sits in2012.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 11, 2017 - 4:46PM

    @abreez:
    Aam Aadmi has made a lot of inroads into Punjab and has a strong following in the state. BJP does not traditionally have a good base in Punjab. The biggest gain for BJP is UP – if they end up winning it in the end.Recommend

  • Yogesh
    Mar 11, 2017 - 5:24PM

    BJP is winning more than 320. Reporters and foreign journalists sitting in AC TV rooms and blasting PM Modi’s all moves including demonetisation need to take note. Well done, UP!Recommend

  • Yogesh
    Mar 11, 2017 - 5:24PM

    BJP is winning more than 300. Reporters and foreign journalists sitting in AC TV rooms and blasting PM Modi’s all moves including demonetisation need to take note. Well done, UP!Recommend

  • Rana
    Mar 11, 2017 - 6:18PM

    @abreez: BJP is a minor player in Punjab.It has tie up with SAD which are ousted out due to their corruption. Recommend

  • Vivek
    Mar 11, 2017 - 6:26PM

    Sir it is called true democracy and people are fed up with dynasty politics, this the first time the caste ridden Hindus has become one and voted for BJP, even though Muslims form 20% of the population and which ever way Muslim vote the party comes to power. This was the history past several years. Now the entire dynamic of politics has changed and first time in the history of UP, there will no muslim lawmaker in the ruling party as the same thing happened in Lok Sabha where in Indian history no Muslim lawmakers in BJP camp.

    Demonetization is accepted by the poor people who suffered the most and UP people were worst to suffer. But they stood with Modi and expect him to deliver good for them. Once upon a time BJP was pro businessman and pro Hindu party and now it has become all man loving pro Hindu party. Now the time is for Modiji to deliver the good’s he promised and propel India to the top economies of the world.Recommend

  • rich
    Mar 11, 2017 - 6:29PM

    abreez,
    In Punjab BJP got 17 seats and lost 51 seats, one should ask Amit Shah why people of Punjab rejected BJP because here BJP failed to purchase votes. People of Punjab feed India and one find little poverty in Punjab but Modi’s blunder of 8 November, 2016 caused unimaginable losses to the people of Punjab. It’s too early to calculate effects of Modi’s blunder; a chain reaction is in the process.
    .

    in punjab bjp had only 12 seats in 2012 they were in coalition wit SAD party.

    u are saying rich state. well they were in power in goa a richest state in india, where every elderly person is given pensiaon by govt, power cousumption is the higest per capita,

    u will never ever find a goan beggar, anywher in goa or india, where per capita ownership of vehicles is higest, compares to any state in india or saarc

    weell hpw did bjp win, and its has a huge catholic population

    remmember indian punjapis just 2% of india lans mass and a little over 2% of india population, sokhs are about 60% of the population hindus 40%Recommend

  • abreez
    Mar 11, 2017 - 7:48PM

    @SAIKAT
    People of Punjab gave votes to Congress and AAP and as far as I know both Parties are not enjoying live in relationship with BJP.Recommend

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