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Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Results Saturday March 11,2017

The BJP achieved a stunning victory on Saturday March 11,2017 in Uttar Pradesh and returned to power in the state after a 14-year gap during which regional parties such as the SP and BSP had held sway.


Barely two hours after counting began, the writing was on the wall – a saffron tsunami was sweeping Uttar Pradesh. By noon, the BJP looked to cross 300 seats. With victory in UP now certain, the BJP will look to government formation. BJP continued its trend of going into an election without a Chief Ministerial face.

UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya(47)  has emerged as one of the tallest leaders in the UP BJP in a short amount of time. He contested the UP Assembly polls three times – 2002, 2007 and 2012 – before being elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 from the Phulpur constituency, a seat once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru. In April last year, he was appointed as UP BJP president. Maurya’s OBC status works in his favour as the party could gain by elevating him to the CM’s post. He could also find favor with the Sangh Parivar owing to his background as a ground-level RSS worker. Much of the credit for BJP’s sweep in UP, less than a year after his elevation as UP BJP chief, goes to Maurya as well. What works against Maurya is his criminal record. In his 2014 election affidavit, Maurya had declared that he had 11 criminal cases against him. Since maintenance of law and order was the BJP’s main electoral promise, Maurya’s appointment as CM could raise questions.

The Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance did not seem to have resulted in any mutual benefit with the SP’s vote percentage dropping from 29.13 per cent and 224 seats in 2012 Assembly elections to 22 per cent and 53 seats and the Congress’s dropping from 11.65 per cent and 28 seats in 2012 to 6.3 per cent of the vote share and ten seats, respectively.

10  key takeaways from Uttar Pradesh Election results 2017

UP is not Bihar: All that worked in Bihar elections 2016 failed to take off in Uttar Pradesh – the success of Bihar’s mahagathbandhan of RJD, JDU and Congress was not replicated in the Uttar Pradesh. This leaves the SP leaders thinking if it was a coming together of unequals? Was the alliance a bad strategy considering Congress’s dismal performance for the past three decades? Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav could have gone alone, especially after wresting power from father and Uncle.
The Dalit-Muslim unity didn’t take off: The amount of noise the unity of Dalits and Muslims created, it was not matched by the outcome on the D-Day. If the two groups, Muslims and Dalits, had voted en bloc, the Bahujan Samaj Party would not have been running on number three. The two groups together constitute 40% of voter percentage, and can easily form or topple a government with this strength.
Prashant Kishor's first failure: The Prashant Kishor bubble has been burst. His resume would mention designing a winnable campaign for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the success of the grand alliance in Bihar. But Uttar Pradesh was not for him.
Muslims voted for BJP? The mandate given to Bharatiya Janta Party appears to have an overwhelming support of Muslims. Did Triple Talaq issue bring Muslim women to vote for the BJP?
BJP makes a comeback after decades, while Congress faces worst performance: The Bharatiya Janata Party won 300+ seats, putting up the best show that was not even seen during Kalyan Singh’s regime as the Chief Minister. On the other hand, Congress faced embarrassment for winning seats in single digit.
Mayawati’s strategy of giving 100 Muslim candidates tickets didn’t work: The BJP didn’t give any ticket to the Muslim candidate, while Mayawati gave tickets to 100 Muslims candidates. Her strategy didn’t work with Muslims either, and as it appears led to the consolidation of Hindu votes in favor of the BJP.
Women voted against the prevailing law and order situation: The data by the Election Commission of India revealed that women voters came out in big numbers to cast their votes. With the BJP getting the massive mandate, the women have voted for safer state with better law and order situation.
Brand Modi intact: Despite demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal has not gone away from the mind of the voters in Uttar Pradesh. The act was taken as an axe against the rich and in favor of the poor.
BJP won over other castes by caste-based tickets: With the aggressive strategy, and to the point caste calculations, the saffron party won over the non-Yadav OBCs like Kurmis, Koeris, Lodhs, Telis, Kumhars and Kahars. The BJP wooed them by giving tickets to candidates belonging to these castes.
Nothing is permanent in politics: With BJP’s thundering victory, it is again reiterated no fortune or failure is permanent in politics – what goes comes back maybe with big numbers
PM Narendra Modi overjoyed at poll results,terms it as 'very humbling'
An overjoyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described as “very humbling and overwhelming” the poll victories that the BJP got in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and thanked people for “continued faith and support“.

He hailed BJP chief Amit Shah as also party office bearers and state units for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights.
“Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of society. Huge support from the youth is gladdening,” Modi said while commenting on the poll results in a series of tweets.
“Gratitude to the people of India for the continued faith, support and affection for the BJP. This is very humbling & overwhelming,” he said.
He said, “Every moment of our time, everything we do is for welfare & wellbeing of the people of India. We believe in the power of 125 crore Indians.”
He saluted the hard work of BJP workers, saying “They have tirelessly worked hard at the grassroots level & won the confidence of the people.”
In another tweet, Modi said, “Congratulations to @AmitShah, party office bearers & state units for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights.”

Congratulations to @AmitShah, party office bearers & state units for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights.
Thanking people of UP, he said “This historic victory of BJP is for development and good governance.”

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