After a sweeping win in Uttar Pradesh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in an interview declared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a pan-India party. Arun Jaitley, while talking to Times Now said that he hopes to have a BJP government in Karnataka in place in the next elections as well. The BJP after hectic campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had managed to win as many as 325 seats in UP while the Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi led Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance managed just 54 and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 19 in a 403 strong Assembly. FM Jaitley credited the win to PM Modi’s clarion call of Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas in which he has promised to deliver development without any discrimination on the basis of caste or religion. FM also said that this has had an effect on all communities. Talking about minorities’ perception of BJP, Jaitley said that he is certain of a change in people’s mindset regarding BJP. He says that this kind of call for development will bring further gains for BJP in the near future.
The Finance Minister also added that party’s historic return to the state is a result of central government’s policies which has forced the poor people to turn towards it for development. “BJP’s landslide victory in assembly elections has again established that people of India want development as pushed by Modi,” he said.
“Historic victory of BJP in UP & Uttarakhand assembly elections shows people’s support for development agenda of PM,” he tweeted. He, however, admitted that in Punjab, the two-term anti-incumbency had taken its toll. It was a massive win for BJP given that no other party has managed to win over 300 seats in the state since Independence. The last time BJP managed to get the majority in Up was in 1991 when it won 221 seats riding on the success of Ram Janam Bhoomi movement.
BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya dedicated this victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, “It is a Modi wave. The wave which started with 2014 Lok Sabha elections is continuing in 2017 and the momentum will go beyond the 2019 general elections.” While the party General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargia hailed party President Amit Shah’s strategies by saying, “The credit goes to Prime Minister Modi, his government’s pro-poor policies and party chief Amit Shah’s strategy. People have fought the elections on our behalf in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and results have vindicated their faith in us.”