Hundreds of BJP workers gathered at various towns in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday in the first formal celebration of a thumping victory in the assembly elections, a day before the party’s first chief minister in 14 years is sworn in.
Bike rallies, sweets, colours and trumpets marked the celebrations. Revelries began early in the day at party offices. “Vijay Diwas is the celebration of victory that has been attained by the support of workers and the people of the state,” said Keshav Prasad Maurya, state BJP chief.
The BJP won 312 seats and its allies Apna Dal 9 seats and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party 4 seats, taking the tally to 325 of the 403 assembly seats.
In Lucknow the party office was crammed with supporters of various leaders since 9 am. One group shouted slogans in support of Yogi Adityanath, the MP from Gorakhpur, another for Union minister Manoj Sinha while a third segment of workers for Maurya. All three are seen to be in the race to be named chief minister.
Sweets and thandai (local cold drink) greeted people in Allahabad while two-wheeler rally marked the occasion on streets of Agra, where celebrations kicked-off from the Mahajan Bhavan in Jaipur House. “Since it is celebrations of victory attained by the support of masses we appeal the residents to light up their homes to mark it,” said Vijay Shivhare, Agra city BJP unit president.
In Bareilly, the celebrations will start at 5 pm at the party office in Rajendra Nagar and then party workers will take out a small rally in the city travelling different localities. “It’s a big victory with the support of people and we shall give back to them in shape of development in the state,” Santosh Gangwar, party MP from Bareilly and MoS finance said.
In Allahabad the district has been divided into 105 sectors and celebrations are on in each of them, said Pawan Srivastava media in charge BJP Allahabad city unit. Of the 12 assembly seats here (Allahabad) BJP won eight and one was won by Apna Dal.
“It’s Modi wave that had got us victory in 2014 and again in 2017. This wave will continue endlessly,” said Ashok Singh, a supporter outside BJP office in Lucknow.
(With inputs from K Sandeep Kumar in Allahabad, Chandan Kumar in Bareilly and Hemendra Chaturvedi in Agra)