Moditva rewards BJP, Modi scripts history; Cong, BSP, SP bite dust
Propelled by a Moditva tsunami, the resurgent BJP stormed to power, ending its 15-year exile, under the leadership of 63-year-old Narendra Damodardas Modi who ensured the party's landslide victory on its own.
The party has won 109 and is leading in 172 while its allies Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, Telugu Desam, and LJP among others are ahead in 40 constituencies.
After a 30-year gap, BJP has won the distinction of being the first party to win such a clear majority and administer a severe jolt to the Grand Old Party (GOP), Congress, while bringing curtains down on the coalition era.
The Congress has put up its worst ever decimal performance leading only in 48 seats; it allies are ahead in 13-RJD in four, NCP in six, IUML in two and KC (M) in one.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have owned up for the debacle, saying, "We accept our responsibility for the defeat." Both congratulated the incoming regime.
Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will resign tomorrow, the day Modi arrives here for the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to decide the contours of his government.
Extra security cover has been rushed to the Gujarat capital for the incoming premier, who took the blessing of his mother, Heeraben, and tweeted: 'Acche din anaewale hai' (Good days are ahead). More UNI NB-MR RP1842 NNNN c:usersuserdesktopunicommond16DIE39.html ************************************************************************
Modi has won both Vadodara and Varanasi seats. His victory margin of over 5,70,000 votes in Vadodara is a new world record.
In as many as seven states, the Congress could not open its account. It also could not cross two-digit mark in any state. Most of the Congress stalwarts bit dust at the hustings.
Rahul Gandhi scraped through in Amethi by 25,000 votes, his narrowest victory margin to date. Sonia Gandhi, who is also the UPA chief, has, however, retained her Rai Bareli seat by a convincing margin.
The Congress has won 14 seats in all, and is leading in 40, while its ally NCP has secured two and is leading in four. Among other Congress allies, RJD of Lalu Prasad is leading in four Bihar seats; the IUML has won two and Kerala Congress (M) is ahead in one.
The Modi juggernaut trampled the elephant (BSP) and badly punctured the cycle (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP is all set to win 71 out of 80 seats, leaving the crumbsa€"two for the Congress (Sonia-Rahul), and five for family members of SP supemo. Mulayam himself has lifted two seats winning from both Azamgarh and Mainpuri. The Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati has not opened its account so far though Apna Dal, a popular outfit in eastern UP, is leading in two seats.
Amongst the stalwarts likely to bite the dust are Jaswant Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ajit Singh, Kapil Sibal, Sharad Yadav, Ajay Maken, Meira Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Amar Singh, Jayaprada, Salman Khursheed, Nandan Nelkeni RPN Singh, Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Rita Bahuguna, Beni Prasad Verma, and Priya Dutt.
Prominent winners include Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kamal Nath, Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Jyotiraditya Scindia, BC Khanduri, Anurag Thakur, Jagadambika Pal, Hema Malini, Harsh Vardan, and former army chief Gen V K Singh.
Terming the people's verdict as a big boost to BJP's image, its president Rajnath Singh said, "Our party's stature has gone up after the election."
Addressing a 'victory' press conference, flanked by Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and other leaders, here, he added the nation has thrust a huge responsibility upon the BJP.
Signalling a tectonic shift in the polity of India, the BJP has swept Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the far away Assam on the Modi wave.
However, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Odisha have withstood the Modi storm with AIADMK, Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janata Dal registering an impressive performance. Kerala remained UDF-LDF territory like in the past.
The AIADMK decimated its Dravidian rival, DMK, by leading in 38 of the 39 seats; BJP is leading in one seat.
(Posted on 16-05-2014)