In a curious turn of events an alert cameraperson today captured a spectacular moment at a critical juncture in Lucknow and encapsulated in one image the fate of the previous government as well as the overriding momentum of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the just concluded election to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly that gave his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as many as 325 seats (312 of BJP alone). The standout moment showed the empty residence of MLA and minister in the previous Samajwadi Party government Ravidas Mehrotra whose doors were firmly shut. So, what’s the big deal? Well, the lock that the MLA or perhaps the authorities had slapped on the door carried the shining legend ‘Modi magic’!
The word on the street is that everyone voted for Narendra Modi and his party BJP. While the defeated Samajwadi party leader managed to get the second highest number of votes (73306) from the constituency he was ruling from, BJP’s Brijesh Pathak clinched 78,400 votes and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Rajiv Srivastav got just 24313 votes. In total there were 17 candidates from the seat.
The amazing performance by the BJP, has shuttered the opposition in the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. With the safron tsunami, Modi-led BJP has eased win with the maximum majority in the state, while the ruling Samajwadi Party, even after coalition with Rahul Gandhi’s Congress, faced humiliating defeat. While the total number of seats clinched by BJP alone is 312, Congress-SP alliance got hold of just 54, among which SP won 47. On the other hand, things went wrong for Mayawati too, as her BSP managed victory in just 19 seats.
However, in a steep counterattack, Mayawati had earlier alleged that the EVMs used by the Election Commission during the polls, were tampered. The Election Commission in its strong reply at Mayawati stated that the machines are tamper-proof and the integrity of the EC is maintained.