|Published : 11 Mar 2017, 19:28:33 | Updated : 11 Mar 2017, 19:31:48|
BJP sweeps poll in UP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party BJP won a landslide victory in India’s most important battleground state on Saturday, in a personal triumph that will strengthen his claim to a second term as national leader.
Wresting control of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is a ringing endorsement of Modi’s stewardship of Asia’s third-largest economy after his high-risk decision last November to scrap high-value banknotes worth 86 per cent of the cash in circulation.
The Election Commission of India said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won a clear majority, according to partial results.
The BJP was on course to win 309 of 403 seats in the state assembly, the biggest majority for any party in the state since 1980.
Results for four other state elections put the BJP ahead in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand but losing control of the coastal state of Goa. In the northeastern state of Manipur, the BJP trailed the Congress party.
Congress won in Punjab state, offering at least some consolation after Rahul Gandhi, heir apparent to the party leadership, failed again to make an impact. – source Reuters