Assembly election results 2017
The BJP swept the Uttar Pradesh election state polls today – call it the ‘Modi wave’ or the ‘saffron wave’ . The election result mirrors the 2014 Lok Sabha battle, which the BJP won by a majority. The elections party didn’t project a chief ministerial candidate, and most people today – after definitive leads came in – started talking about a ‘Modi win’ in UP rather than a ‘BJP win.’ Two exit polls – Aaj Tak and Today’s Chanakya predicted a BJP sweep – but most others said the poll would be too close to call. In the end, the BJP had the last laugh.
Apart from the Modi factor, the BJP owes its success to its party chief Amit Shah’s strategy of building a successful broad coalition of castes in UP elections. From appointing Kesav Prasad Maurya as state chief to inducting Swami Prasad Maurya from the BSP to not declaring a CM candidate – all of Amit Shah’s efforts were directed at expanding caste coalitions in UP and not antagonizing any particular caste. In fact, Shah succeed in projecting the UP election as “3 versus the others”. The UP elections was simplified to make it a fight between SP’s Muslim-Yadav combination and BSP’s Jatavs vs other castes, which were supposed to vote for the BJP. Working on this strategy, the BJP allocated around 150 seats to non-Yadav OBCs in UP. The BJP’s alliance with sub-regional parties like Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party(SBSP) further helped it consolidate non-Yadav OBC caste groups like the Patels, the Kurmis and the Rajbhars.
In between Mayawati blames ‘EVM tampering’ for poor UP, Uttarakhand showing
Mayawati today blamed “tampering of electronic voting machines”in elections (EVM) for her BSP being decimated in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
“Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs,” Mayawati said after counting leads are showing the BJP sweeping the state elections.
“Looks like voting machines have not accepted any vote from another party than BJP”, she added.
The BSP, which is showing a lead in only 17 seats of 403, was expected to get at least 80 votes according to most exit polls. The BJP is ahead in a whopping 306 seats while SP-Congress is in second place at 73.
The BSP chief challenged BJP president Amit Shah asking him to conduct polls again, adding she will be proven correct.
“Most votes in the Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP, (that) makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated,” she added.”If you are honest, ask the poll panel to re-conduct polls with ballot paper (instead of EVM,” she said.