The BJP would get two-thirds majority and storm to power in Uttar Pradesh, party chief Amit Shah said on Friday, the eve of the sixth and the second-last phase of voting in the country’s largest state.
There was a BJP wave in the state similar to the one in 2014 election, Shah said, referring to the party winning 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The UP tally was a key factor in the BJP getting a majority on its own.
“The people of Uttar Pradesh have voted with unprecedented enthusiasm to ensure a majority for the BJP,” Shah said, adding the victory was sealed in the first five rounds of polling.
In the remaining two phases voting will be held in east Uttar Pradesh. On Saturday, 49 constituencies will go the polls and 40 on March 8. The votes for Uttar Pradesh and four other states will be counted on March 11.
At 1pm on March 11 the BJP would form the government, Shah, credited with the party’s impressive showing in the Lok Sabha elections, said.
“After ruling the state for five years, (Chief Minister) Akhilesh Yadav is asking as to when the good days of Uttar Pradesh will come. He may note down the day and time - Uttar Pradesh’s achche din will start from March 11 at 1 p.m. when BJP will form the next government,” he said.
Targeting the ruling Samajwadi Party, the BJP chief said corruption and unemployment was rampant in the state.
The law and order situation was so bad that the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was hoping that a rape accused minister would give himself up, Shah said of Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.
Prajapati, accused of gang rape, is on the run. An alert was sounded at airports and other exit points amid fears that Prajapati was planning to escape, news agency PTI quoted officials as saying.
The BJP goes into the sixth phase with little to lose. It won only seven seats while the ruling Samajwadi Party put up an impressive show, winning 27 of the 49 seats in 2012.
Political observers were of the view that the SP would struggle to repeat its performance while the BJP had emerged as the main contender.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would look to put behind its dismal showing in the last election when it won just seven seats.
People were tired of both the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, Shah said. He took on the BSP for its tie up with don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is trying to retain the Mau Sadar seat.
Ansari, who is being tried for murder and has more than 40 criminal cases against him, was refused parole by the Supreme Court for campaigning.
He is among the 635 candidates trying their luck in the sixth phase spread over Azamgarh, Ballia, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Maharajganj and Mau districts.
Azamgarh is a battle for prestige for the SP as it is also the Lok Sabha constituency of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has stayed away from campaigning following the bitter family feud that ended with him being ousted as party president by his son Akhilesh.
The chief minister has held several rallies in Azamgarh district, which has 10 assembly segments. The party won nine of them in 2012. This time it could be different.