HIGHLIGHTS OF ELECTIONS 2017
The 2017 Assembly elections have been quite a roller coaster ride for both People and Parties with results throwing all predictions out of the window. Here are the main highlights to the election.
- In UP, the BJP is leading with more than 300 seats, a staggering gain of 259 over its previous experience of 48 seats in the 2012 assembly election.
- Samajwadi Party lead by Akhilesh Yadav contested in partnership with the Congress, has accepted defeat. Mr Yadav is expected to resign this afternoon to his post as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
- In Punjab, the Congress has taken a strong lead, with an unpredicted 73 seats. It needs only 59 for a majority. Aam Admi Party and the Akali Dal-BJP alliance are moping behind.
- The Congress has charged ahead in Manipur, where its Okram Ibobi Singh has been chief minister for the last 15 years.
- The parties are neck-and-neck in Goa, where debutant AAP has failed to open its account.
- In Uttarakhand, BJP has a humongous lead, ahead with 52. Total seats in the state are 70 s. The ruling Congress is leading in only 14 seats.
- The UP election is seen as a predictive initiation for the 2019 national election. The Party has credited its victory to the leadership of PM Modi as he was the face of their campaign.
- The Uttar Pradesh win will be seen as proof for PM’s worthiness in maintaining the economy after his high-risk decision last November to demonetise all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes worth more than 80 per cent of the cash in circulation, aimed at eliminating corruption and black money.
- The Congress has done disastrously in recent elections and if it wins in Punjab and Manipur, it will be the best news the party has had in months, but questions are again being raised about party vice president Rahul Gandhi’s leadership after the poor showing in UP, where he focused his attention with an intense campaign.
- “This is a mandate for PM Modi… I could see a surge, it is becoming a tsunami,” said union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of the BJP, adding, “We have surpassed even the Ram wave…the kind of hope, the kind of trust Modiji has generated.” He also praised party chief Amit Shah for working “tirelessly.”
- The victory will help improve the BJP’s strength in the Rajya Sabha or upper house of parliament where the government is in a minority and has trouble pushing legislation.