Web Exclusive: UP Assembly Elections 2017

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The BJP workers' new slogan in Lucknow, ‘No Confusion No Mistake, Gaye Akhilesh Gaye Akhilesh’

With the BJP’s massive sweep in Uttar Pradesh state Assembly election, the mood is upbeat in the party cadre, after the results were declared on Saturday.

“No one should have a doubt that Modiji is the most popular leader of the country post-independence,” said BJP national president Amit Shah during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi. His statement was greeted with loud cheers at the party office in Lucknow.

With Modi victory march continuing in Uttar Pradesh, the party workers have modified the slogan of the Samajwadi Party. The slogan ‘No Confusion No Mistake, Jai Akhilesh Jai Akhilesh’ of the Samajwadi Party found a repudiation in the new slogan chanted by the BJP workers at the party office, ‘No Confusion No Mistake, Gaye Akhilesh Gaye Akhilesh.’

The BJP has created history in UP and the party workers have all the reason to celebrate the victory. Colours, gulal and sweets amid drumbeats are enough to explain the mood at the party office. Jai Sriram, Jai Modi is the chant that comes out regularly with every new group of workers reaching the party office.

BJP state president, Keshav Maurya is trying to sit in his office and attend calls but workers were forcing him to come out and play Holi. “Forget caste, this election is a mandate for a better India and everyone in UP participated in it,” he tells Open.

When Open asked him whether he sees himself as the next Chief Minister of the state, he is quick to reply- “It is a victory for our leader Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. It is up to them and parliamentary party to decide who would be the CM.”

Apart from a magnificent victory in UP, the BJP has disseminated the Opposition in Uttarakhand and the party has registered a strong performance in states like Goa and Manipur.

The BJP leaders at Lucknow office took out time to view the results from other states on TV screens and clapped on every victory of a BJP candidate. The people of this country have given thumbs up to demonetization and Rashtravad policies adopted by our supreme leader Modiji and proved the Opposition wrong,” says Hriday Narayan Dixit, BJP chief spokesperson of the state.

An interesting part of the BJP’s victory has been the all round support for the party and among all communities and castes. The party has got more than 40 per cent vote share in UP, which is massive by any standard. On the 100 seats, where Muslims were in majority, BJP won 75 seats, leaving the Opposition much behind.

There are talks of who would be the new Chief Minister of UP at party office and several names were discussed. The party’s state president Keshav Maurya, Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath and union minister Manoj Sinha were some of the names that is being discussed for the chief ministerial post.

“Name is not important, it is the BJP government which is important for the development of Uttar Pradesh,” says a party worker.

The streets of Lucknow have been painted with BJP flags and youth riding on bikes and SUVs chanting ‘Modi Modi ‘. The saffron wave has engulfed the state capital.