Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday swept the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections with its candidates leading in over 300 seats, an unprecedented feat in its electoral history. BJP, which had just 47 seats in the outgoing Assembly, garnered over 40 per cent vote share, in a contest seen as a gamechanger and a virtual referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and demonetisation. In 1991 when it achieved its biggest victory, it had won 221 seats in the state. Soon after initial trends started coming, many BJP leaders were first to react and congratulate PM Modi for the astounding victory in one of India’s crucial states. With results trickling in, all eyes were on what PM would tweet or say. However, his first tweet post the trends was on the situation in Sukma, Chhattisgarh.
Prime Minister’s Tweet:
Saddened by the killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma. Tributes to the martyrs & condolences to their families. May the injured recover quickly
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017
Earlier in the day, 11 jawans from the CRPF were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Five jawans were also injured in the attack that took place in the dense forests of Bhejji police station limits at 9:15 AM when a patrol party of CRPF’s 219 battalion was out for a road opening task near Kotacheru village. The Naxals also looted ten weapons and two radio sets.
PM Modi took to Twitter and expressed his condolences. “Saddened over the loss of lives in Sukma. Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the situation in Sukma. The Home Minister will be going to Sukma to take stock of the situation,” PM tweeted.
Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-poor policies for his party’s big win in Uttar Pradesh with over two-thirds majority. “This is the victory of the corruption-free rule and pro-poor policies under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he tweeted as he congratulated party leaders and workers for the victory in UP and Uttarakhand. Uttar Pradesh went to polls in seven phases in the months of February and March. A total of 4,854 candidates were in fray for 403 assembly constituencies.