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HT Take: The Amit Shah factor in BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh

Mar 11, 2017 19:18 IST
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Amit Shah’s contribution in BJP’s thumping victory cannot be overlooked. His hard work of years is paying off rich dividends. The massive BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh – combined with the results in Uttarakhand, amounts to a sweep of the old, pre-bifurcation UP – is arguably a greater achievement for the party. Early counting showed the BJP’s vote share in Uttar Pradesh to be more than 40%. A stunning achievement likely to be credited to Amit Shah, the BJP president and Modi’s chief election strategist. The party got 42% votes in Lok Sabha elections in 2014. A jubilant Amit Shah called this victory the biggest mandate since Independence.