As early as 10 am, it was clear that the saffron wave has reached Uttarakhand. An ecstatic senior office bearer was even seen whispering to his colleague about distributing sweets among party workers but was asked to wait.
It was soon clear that the BJP is ready to storm back to power with a two-third majority in the 70-member assembly. “The credit for the massive mandate goes to our two top leaders,” said a beaming Devendra Bhasin, BJP’s state media in-charge, while referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah.
The mood was so upbeat that some BJP workers started bursting “Holi crackers” to celebrate the party’s victory long before it was officially announced. The party’s women wing was heard chanting slogans like ‘Chappa, Chappa Bhajappa’ (BJP everywhere) and ‘Har Har Modi, Ghar, Ghar Modi’.
“The unprecedented victory clearly shows that their (Modi and Shah) poll planks of development and corruption in the (Rawat) government has clicked with the people” added Bhasin.
A smiling BJP state general secretary (organisation) Sanjay Kumar dubbed the victory as ‘Modi’s tsunami’. “These poll results are beyond expectation,” he said.
Echoing similar sentiments, BJP state vice-president Jyoti Prasad Gairola said the saffron party’s victory has broken records in the state. “No political party had such an unprecedented mandate in the state since its creation in 2000”, he said referring to three past assembly polls.
“It (mandate) also means that the people of this state have become disenchanted with the ruling Congress”, Gairola said, adding that the mandate sends a clear message to the Congress. “This succinct message is that only those parties which are dedicated to the country’s development will survive and rule,” he told HT.