It is Four out of Five for BJP, AAP Juggernaut in Punjab
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP President JP Nadda union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari at party headquarters in New Delhi after the BJP victories. (IANS photo)
NEW DELHI (IANS) – The Bharatiya Janata Party will retain power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur while the Aam Aadmi Party secured a landslide victory in Punjab.
The AAP is the first regional party which will form a government in another state apart from New Delhi.
The incumbent UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath led the BJP to poll victory, riding a high-decibel election campaign, with thrust on the development agenda along with welfare schemes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP’s campaign from the outset, first by fully backing the chief minister and afterwards by leading an intense campaign in the state.
According to the Election Commission’s counting at deadline time, the ruling party BJP has won 171 seats in Uttar Pradesh and is leading in 82 Assembly constituencies, while the Samajwadi Party has won 63 seats and is leading in 50 constituencies.
Rashtriya Lok Dal, which contested in alliance with the SP, has won seven seats so far and is leading in one constituency, whereas the BJP’s ally Apana Dal (Sonelal) has won six seats and is leading in five constituencies.The Bahujan Samaj Party is limited to just one seat from where it is leading so far. The Congress has won only two seats.
In Goa, the ruling BJP is short of the majority mark by just one seat as it bagged 20 seats in the 40-member Assembly.
The Congress has been confined to 11 seats, AAP won two seats, Goa Forward Party one, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party two, Revolutionary Goans Party won one, while three seats were won by Independent candidates.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP has won 40 seats and is leading in seven others, while the Congress has managed 16 seats and is leading in three constituencies.
The BSP won a single seat in the state and leads in one constituency, whereas one Independent candidate has won and another was leading at deadline.
In the 60-member Manipur Assembly, the ruling BJP retained power by winning 32 seats, while the Congress could bag only five seats.
Surprisingly, the Janata Dal(United) won six seats whereas the Kuki People’s Alliance won two, Naga People’s Front five, National People’s Party six and three seats went to Independent candidates.
The final election tally of Punjab shows AAP has secured a landslide victory with a thumping majority of 92 seats. The BJP has won just two seats, Congress 18, BSP one, Shiromani Akali Dal three while one seat went to an Independent candidate.