It’s time for another roadshow by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this time in the Lutyens’ Delhi.
Modi, who helped the BJP sweep Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, will drive to the party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday evening for a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board.
The meeting will fix dates for the legislature party to meet in Lucknow and Dehradun to elect the new chief minister in two states.
Modi, for his part, tweeted on Sunday that a new India was emerging, and that it stood for development.
A new India is emerging, which is being powered by the strength & skills of 125 crore Indians. This India stands for development.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 12, 2017
When we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022, we should have made an India that will make Gandhi Ji, Sardar Patel & Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar proud— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 12, 2017
BJP sources said before the party meeting, Modi could leave his convoy at the roundabout near Hotel Le Meridien and walk up to the party headquarters, located about 100 meters away, on the Ashoka Road. He will have cheering BJP workers on both sides of the road.
Congratulatory posters and banners have been put along the road, hailing Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the resounding victory in the two states.
A stage has been set outside the party headquarters from where Modi will address workers. Thousand of them are expected to reach the BJP headquarters on Sunday.
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won stunning election victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday, a personal triumph for the Prime Minister that could now ensure his party’s near-domination of politics in India.
Riding on Modi’s charismatic campaign, the BJP registered the biggest-ever victory by any political party in Uttar Pradesh since Indira Gandhi led the Congress to 309 seats in 1980 before the state was divided. In doing so the saffron outfit replicated its landslide victory in the 2014 national polls.
The results routed the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, as well as the Bahujan Samaj Party, once a dominant power in a state where the BJP last ruled in 2002.
Winning the politically crucial state could help Modi set the tone for a second term in the national elections in 2019. The mandate also signalled a ringing endorsement of his policies, especially his controversial decision to scrap 500-and 1000-rupee banknotes, which led to a cash crunch but was welcomed by many as helpful in fighting corruption.
The win has raised hopes among investors that the BJP will embark on a round of new reforms to boost growth in Asia’s third-largest economy. Economists now expect Modi to launch initiatives aimed at flushing out ill-gotten gains from real estate, gold and campaign finance.