Election Results in J&K and Jharkhand- Modi Factor Plays the Magic Again
It seems the Modi magic is still at play and its vibrations are shown in the elections in J&K and in Jharkhand. BJP has emerged as the largest single party in Jharkhand and second largest player in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in a media conference after the results were out that, “I want to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, because his government’s work and people’s love for him is a big reason for our victory. I believe that voters have endorsed Modi’s style of governance.”
According to senior BJP leaders, the victory is a clear indication of the votes for Modi, for his good governance and the development based activities. The party has ruled Jharkhand for the longest period, since its formation in 2000 and without the Modi factor it would have been difficult for the party to get the sweeping victory for the party in the Assembly polls this time.
BJP has won all the state elections since they came into power at the centre earlier this year. Prime Minister Modi campaigned for BJP across Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. The emergence of BJP as a strong player in J&K will add to the achievements of Modi and Amit Shah. “We are now a relevant party in J&K,” said an apparently thrilled Shah.
BJP faced strong hostility from the united opposition during the winter session of the Parliament and had to put back many of their important legislative agendas this winter session. The victory in the two states will give reassurance to the party about their hold. Shah said that the election verdict is a lesson for people who are opposing the agenda of government for development and change. The opposition has tried to sideline the government over the conversion issues happening in different parts of the country.
Though BJP was trying for a clean sweep in J&K through their Mission 44, they did not succeed in their effort. They managed to get only 25 seats, whereas the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won in 28 seats. PDP was the major opposition party in the outgoing J&K assembly. In Jharkhand, BJP won in 37 seats and the vote share of BJP is 31.3% and JMM received 20.5%.
According to Shah, “BJP has increased its tally from 18 seats in 2009 to 41 (with allies) in Jharkhand. In J&K, our seats have increased from 11 in 2008 to 25. We have received the maximum percentage of votes in the state.”