Results of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 will be out tomorrow but BJP state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday exuded confidence of getting a majority. “We will repeat the success of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections tomorrow.” Maintaning that BJP, if voted to power, will work for the development of the state, he said, Ram temple will be an important issue. Welcoming exit polls outcome most of which have predicted BJP win in the politically crucial state of India, Maurya lauded the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. “BJP, if wins, credit must got PM Modi and party president Amit Shah,” the BJP MP told India Today. On who will be the next chief minister of the state, Maurya said, “Party high command will decide who will be the Chief Minister.”
Counting of votes in assembly polls in five states will take place tomorrow amid tight security with the most riveting contest in Uttar Pradesh, seen as a gamechanger and a virtual referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and his reforms agenda. The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh is hoping to stop the BJP juggernaut, which had earlier stumbled in Bihar and Delhi, and lead the way for opposition unity in the run up to the 2019 general election.
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Yesterday, a host of exit polls had showed that BJP is holding edge over ruling Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance and Maywati’s BSP.
India Today Axis My India | SP+Congress (82-112), BJP (251-279), BSP (28-42), Others (0)
CNN-IBN | SP+Congress (120), BJP (185), BSP (90), Others (9)
ABP | SP+Congress (156-169), BJP (164-176), BSP (60-72), Others (2-6)
India TV-CVoter | SP+Congress (135-147), BJP (155-167), BSP (81-93)
NewsX-MRC | SP+Congress (120), BJP (185), BSP (90), Others (8)
TimesNow-VMR | SP+Congress (110-130), BJP (190-210), BSP (57-74)
News 24-Chanakya | BJP (285) SP+ (88 seats), BSP (27), Oths (3)
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Board of the BJP may meet tomorrow afternoon when results of the five state assembly elections will be out.
With exit polls projecting a good show by the saffron party, including in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh where it is projected to emerge as the single largest party, its highest decision-making body is likely to take stock of the situation and chalk out future strategy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah are among the board’s 12 members who also include Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot and J P Nadda.
A party source said the meeting has been tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. However, there is a possibility that it could be held on Sunday depending on how the results pan out.
(With agency inputs)