Modi tsunami rocks in UP,BJP gets close to 325 seats

Uttar Pradesh election results 2017: Modi tsunami rocks Akhilesh-Rahul boat, BJP gets close to 325 mark

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Modi wave has blown away the Samajwadi Party-Congress’ boat in which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi floated their hopes.

The BJP has won more than 320 seats in 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The ruling Samajwadi Party has suffered a crushing defeat.

Proving wrong fears of a hung assembly, the BJP is set to sweep back to power in Uttar Pradesh after 15 long years, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest victory after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Powered by an aggressive campaign spearheaded by Modi, BJP candidates were on the road to victory in a whopping 322 of the 403 constituencies

The imminent victory triggered widespread celebrations all across the country’s most populous state as well as at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

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As the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) licked their wounds, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the win in Uttar Pradesh bigger than the 2014 victory.

“It is a tectonic shift in Indian politics,” Prasad said adding, “UP is a laboratory of India. Demonetisation has worked and we are proud of Modi’s leadership. It is a bigger victory than the 2014 win in the Lok Sabha election.”

BJP IN LEAD

BJP candidates led in all major cities in particular, including in five of the eight seats in Lucknow, eight of the 10 seats in Kanpur, nine of the 12 seats in Allahabad and seven of the eight seats in Varanasi, Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Even in Amethi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, the BJP’s Garima Singh had forged ahead.

BJP president Amit Shah announced in his press conference in New Delhi that of 10 seats in Raebareli and Amethi, the party candidates were on the winning course

SP-CONGRESS IN SHOCK

The Samajwadi-Congress alliance was in the lead in 77 constituencies while the BSP was gasping in just 19 seats.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is set to resign, said that he worked hard and his party’s vote-share also improved in some areas but the results were not in his favour.

“People got swayed by misleading propaganda,” Akhilesh said adding, “I will want see how do they better the work done by the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.”

On its part, the Congress leaders expressed shock.

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“It is a monumental setback. We are disappointed with Uttar Pradesh,” Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said. Added Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, whose mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was originally to be the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate: “Our party is looking confused.”

BJP JUBILANT

In contrast, BJP leaders were jubilant.

Commenting on the poor show by SP-Congress and Mayawati’s BSP, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said, “Good work done by the Modi government and (BJP President) Amit Shah’s strategy has paid dividends. People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination.”

The BJP began taking strong leads right from the start of the counting and it became clear within an hour that it was set to comfortably take power in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The victory goes to Modi for his hard work, for his vision, for his pro-poor agenda. He is the first Prime Minister in contemporary times who really worked for the poor.”

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said, “For the first time we are seeing people rising above caste in Uttar Pradesh. The voters have moved a step ahead of politicians.”

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WHAT WORKED IN BJP’S FAVOUR

Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned out to be the biggest trump card for the BJP. He campaigned hard, tirelessly and relentlessly. While the SP, Congress and BSP attacked Modi over demonetisation and attempts to polarise the Uttar Pradesh election, the Prime Minister countered the arguments by accusing them of shielding the corrupt.

Even though he raked up the issues like discrimination on religious grounds against Akhilesh Yadav by referring to Kabristan and Shamshaan, Modi sought support from voters in the name of development.

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Modi succeeded in convincing people of Uttar Pradesh that a BJP government with full majority will work in better coordination with the Centre for bringing development and creating jobs in the state.

The infighting in Samajwadi Party and limited caste-appeal of Mayawati also helped BJP perform better. The BJP countered the caste-base of these two parties by focusing on non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits during the election.

Top BJP leaders including Modi, Amit Shah and several cabinet ministers camped for three days in Varanasi. Modi addressed plethora of rallies and held back-to-back road shows in Varanasi, his own constituency. This gave final impetus to the BJP cadre and supporters.

The counting of votes only reflected the hard work put in Modi-Shah team.

 

 

 

-March 11, 2017,New Delhi

 

 

 

 

 

BJP may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections

BJP set to win Uttar Pradesh, may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections

BJP set to win Uttar Pradesh, may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections: Survey

A pre-poll survey on Wednesday predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh in the seven-phase Assembly elections.

The survey, conducted by India Today-Axis in October and December last year, shows an increase in BJP’s vote share from 31 percent in October (before note ban) to 33 percent in December.

In 2012 Assembly polls, the BJP had a 15 percent vote share. It had bagged 47 seats.

Also, demonetisation move seems to have had no impact on voters.

As for seats, the BJP may get 206-216 seats as per the opinion poll in the 403-member UP Assembly.

On the other hand, the ruling Samajwadi Party is likely to get a vote share of 26 percent in the latest survey and may emerge as the two party with 92-97 seats.

Meanwhile, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) might win 79-85 seats.

The Congress is likely to get six percent vote share as per the survey and win only 5-9 seats.

Other parties in UP like Rashtriya Lok Dal, Apna Dal and the Left may win 7-11 seats.

Interestingly, Akhilesh Yadav emerged as the choice for the next CM with 33 percent of those surveyed wanting him to come back power.

Also Read – 7-phase polls in UP, 2-phase in Manipur, single phase in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand; counting on March 11

Assembly elections in UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will be held between February 4 and March 8.

While polling will be spread over seven phases in Uttar Pradesh, it will be a one-day affair in Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa, and a two-day exercise in Manipur.

In UP polls will be held on February 11 (73 constituencies), February 15 (67 constituencies), February 19 (69), February 23 (53), February 27 (52), March 3 (49) and March 8 (40).

Counting of votes will be taken up together in all the states on March 11, the Election Commission announced today.

-January 4, 2017, New Delhi

 

 

Anand Kumar under IT scanner over benami properties

Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar under Income Tax scanner over benami properties

Mayawati's brother Anand Kumar under Income Tax scanner over benami properties

In a blow to BSP supremo Mayawati ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,Income Tax department has issued a notice her brother Anand Kumar in connection with benami properties.

Reportedly, the Income Tax (IT) officials are probing an alleged nexus between Anand Kumar and real estate players.

The IT department has sent notices to several builders as well in this regard.

Noteworthy, the development came a day after PM Narendra Modi vowed to carry forward the war against corruption and black money post demonetisation.

In a big statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday had said the government will soon operationalise a strong law to effectively deal with ‘benami’ properties.

He made this statement in his last monthly address this year in his “Mann ki Baat” programme.

-December 26, 2016, New Delhi

 

32% feel BJP will form next government in UP

32% feel BJP will form next government in Uttar Pradesh 

32% feel BJP will form next government in Uttar Pradesh in 2017: Survey

Stakes are high for all the major political parties in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

No wonder then the Samajwadi Party, BSP, BJP and Congress are leaving stones un-turned to woo the voters.

Though there is still some time for the polls, as per a recent survey it has emerged that Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as the front-runner for CM post.

On the other hand, the BJP has emerged as the party who majority respondents feel will form the next government in the state.

Following are the findings that have emerged from the ABP News-Cicero poll, which was conducted between 24 and 25 July in 10 constituencies of UP.

Questions were asked to 1000 people.

28 percent said that first choice as UP CM was Akhilesh Yadav, 25 percent said Mayawati, 17 percent said Yogi Adityanath, 6 percent said Keshav Prasad Maurya and 5 percent said Shiela Dikshit.

In the ‘Others’ category there were 8 percent, while 11 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

(The percentage is not vote share. It is response of 1000 respondents.)

Meanwhile, 32 percent of the respondents believed that BJP would form the next government in the state, 26 percent said Samajwadi Party, 24 percent said BSP, 7 percent said Congress, 4 percent said Hung Assembly and 7 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

As for the main issue that that will be given prominence when voters cast their votes, 78 percent said Development, 7 percent Caste, 5 percent Religion, 2 percent Others and 8 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

When asked whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can bring Congress back in UP, 19 percent said Yes, 51 percent said No and 30 percent said Can’t say.

-August 3, 2016, Lucknow

 

BJP’s income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it’s richest party now

BJP’s income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it’s richest party now

BJP's income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it's richest party now

 

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is the richest among all national parties, having clocked the highest income of Rs 970.43 crore in 2014-15, the year it came to power.

The Congress is the only national party not to have submitted its audit report for 2014-15 fiscal to the Election Commission, said the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Tuesday.

Notably, as per the Election Commission’s letter dated November 19, 2014, it is mandatory for all political parties to submit the details of their audit reports. The due date for submission of the annual audited accounts for the parties was November 30, 2015.

Besides BJP, only three other national parties submitted the audit reports on time. These are Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The BJP, Congress, CPI-M, CPI, BSP and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are the six national parties in the country.

The report said that the income of the national parties increased from Rs 920.44 crore during the 2013-14 fiscal to Rs 1,275.78 crore in 2014-15, an increase of 39 percent.

Political parties earn money through donations, sale of coupons and contributions etc.

The BJP recorded the highest income of Rs 970.43 crore among the national parties during 2014-15, accounting for 76.06 percent of their total income.

Between 2013-14 and 2014-15, the BJP’s income increased by 44 percent or Rs 296.62 crore.

The BSP’s income increased by 67.31 percent or Rs 45.04 crore.

The CPI declared the least income of Rs 1.84 crore, a mere 0.14 percent of the total income of the six national parties, during 2014-15.

The ADR report said among the national parties, the CPI is the only party whose income decreased by 24.28 percent or around Rs 59 lakh.

The report also shows that almost half of the total income of the political parties came from unknown sources.

As per the ADR report, income accruing from unmentioned sources during 2014-15 is Rs 685.36 crore, which is 54 percent of the total income of the political parties.

-April 20, 2016,New Delhi

BSP MP Jugal Kishore joins BJP

BSP MP Jugal Kishore joins BJP

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Jugal Kishore on Friday joined the BJP, a move the saffron party claims will help it woo Dalit voters in Uttar Pradesh, which will go to the polls early next year.

Mr. Kishore accused BSP supremo Mayawati of “selling” Dalit votes and insisted that it was BJP, which is working to fulfil the aspirations of the community.

“She is no longer a ‘Dalit ke beti’ (Dalit’s daughter). She has become a ‘daulat ki beti’ (daughter of wealth). She is selling the votes of Dalits,” he said.

BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur, who is its Uttar Pradesh in-charge, said the people of the State have decided to vote the party in a same way they did in the Lok Sabha elections.

“We were waiting for the auspicious Makar Sankranti and from now onwards every day different leaders will join the party in the State,” Mr. Mathur said.

-PTI, NEW DELHI, January 15, 2016