Dubbing BJP’s stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh as a “tsunami and not a ripple in the pond”, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among the first off the block to acknowledge the Opposition’s feat. In a tweet that set the tone for such acknowledgment, Abdullah said: “At this rate we might as well forget 2019 & start planning/hoping for 2024.”
A former ally of the Congress in the National Democratic Alliance, the National Conference leader also rejected JNU students’ union leader Shehla Rashid’s dismissal of the BJP win as an electoral factor instead of a clear mandate from the people. “ All our elections are won with a first-past-the-post arithmetic & let’s not deny that BJP has clearly won the hearts of the majority of UP,” he said.
In a nutshell there is no leader today with a pan India acceptability who can take on Modi & the BJP in 2019.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
At this rate we might as well forget 2019 & start planning/hoping for 2024.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
Punjab, Goa & Manipur would certainly suggest that the BJP isn't unbeatable but strategy needs to shift from criticism to positive alternate— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
I've said this before & I'll say it again the voter needs to be given an alternative agenda that is based on what we will do better.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
Criticising the PM will only take us so far. The voter needs to know there is an option available to them that has a clear +ve road map.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
How the hell did almost all the experts/analysts miss this wave in UP? It's a tsunami not a ripple in a small pond.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
BJP’s homecoming in Uttar Pradesh after nearly two-decades of being out of favour and its performance in Uttarakhand and Manipur, where it has never had a legislator, was largely perceived on social media as a big win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
There were fewer ‘we-told-you-so’ comments on social media, as most users admitted they had not expected such a landslide win for the party in UP. The caste arithmetic that was used to project results also came under sharp criticism.
Rivals, including the ruling Samajwadi Party, had warned that demonetisation would affect the BJP badly in the elections. “People will also stand in lines in 2017 assembly polls to teach them (BJP) a lesson,” UP CM Akhilesh Yadav had said in December. But the note ban failed to derail BJP’s success in the state polls.
If anyone still had doubts tht #DeMonetisation caused hardships to Common Man then the voters of Uttar Pradesh have clarified through Ballot— C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) March 11, 2017
Memes and Gifs were the fodder to parse the AAP’s dismal performance in Punjab, and the Congress’ rout in Uttar Pradesh.
And that history will be called "AAP" https://t.co/im8MmeYia4— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 11, 2017
Samajwadi Party-Congress lament, Mulayam's infamous last words, cartoonist Kirtish Bhati's comment: young boys make blunders once in a while pic.twitter.com/zU0EECTCAw— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 11, 2017
Meanwhile, PM Modi also acknowledged the win and in a series of tweets thanked the voters.
Gratitude to the people of India for the continued faith, support and affection for the BJP. This is very humbling & overwhelming.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017