BJP sold dreams to win UP: Congress

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People walk pass the Bombay Stock Exchange building displaying India's benchmark share index on its facade

The BJP has also swept neighbouring Uttarakhand.

Four other states - Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand - also held polls between February 4 and this past Wednesday, with all votes being counted Saturday.

"By choosing us, Uttar Pradesh has shown that it is for progress and development". In the absence of such an effort, the "revolving door" trend would see a natural switch over to an alternative party continuing as the trend. BJP played its cards well, changing its strategy at virtually every phase over the long-stretch of polling across the state to suit the mood of the times and the conditions in the region across such a big geographical stretch. This poll gives SAD-BJP 7 seats.

Modi's campaign, built on promises to boost employment and fueled by a strong command of social media, appealed to voters in the state.

Although the BJP rode on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, party president Amit Shah got the organisational chariot for the success assembled by three musketeers - Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharaks Shiv Prakash and Sunil Bansal and former pracharak Om Mathur. Besides Mayawati and Ali, six Uttar Pradesh seats belonging to the Samajwadi Party and one each of the Congress and the BJP will be vacated next year.

Everyone across India will be glued to live news as election results from UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur start pouring in Saturday. Modi led campaigns against the rival Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj parties, promising to bring growth and modernization and to sniff out corruption.

The Congress' only major victory was likely in Punjab, where it looked set to depose the Akali Dal-BJP coalition government.

Congress is claiming it will wrest power in Punjab.

But, in all probability, the results showed that voters in nearly all states voted for anti-incumbency.

Will it still be the Congress with the help of LJP, AITC and an independent candidate?

In general election, the Aam Aadmi Party won 4, the SAD-BJP alliance 4 and Congress' UPA 3 - down from 8 in 2009.

In Goa, votes will be counted at two centres in North and South Goa to declare the winners in 40 seats.

Goa Forward Party was formed a year ago to oppose the ruling BJP in some of the assorted constituencies. It has won three seats.

The party was also poised to roar back to power in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand with thumping majority and locked in a close contest for power in two other states - Goa and Manipur.

The previous best showing by BJP in UP was in 1991, at the height of the sensitive Ram Janam Bhoomi movement, when it got majority on its own winning 221 seats out of 425 in an undivided state.

From the Congress camp, the Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane has won from Poreim.

The BSP could only win in three seats of the 70 it contested, with 12.19 vote share.

BJP, however, will have to tread carefully in these states by forgoing measly political gains and considering regional sentiments and sensibilities as one of its key considerations, to clinch a clear win. Status quo is expected to be held on all 10 seats. In a hurry to join hands with Congress, Akhilesh compromised too many winnable seats to Congress. That means the BJP has to keep winning state elections if it hopes to achieve the upper house majority that Modi needs to advance his agenda.

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