Akash Kumar Sinha
India has given its verdict, and the mandate is clearly in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the man of the moment – Narendra Modi. Though the exit polls, that came just few days back, had predicted a victory for the party, most of them failed to measure the magnitude of this win.
Shattering records, Modi-led BJP routed the Congress-led UPA across the nation, registering the biggest ever win for any single party since 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress was sent to Parliament with thumping majority.
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According to the latest numbers, the BJP will settle at not less than 283 seats while the Congress is likely to be reduced under 50.
Though the BJP again failed to cement its foot in some states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Sikkim, Tripura, Odisha and Manipur, it made significant comeback in states like Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Thriving on Modi wave, BJP made clean sweep in more than 10 states and Union Territories. It made major gains in Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
In Delhi, where it was expected to win just five seats, it brushed aside Aam Aadmi Party and won all seven seats.
Similarly, in Gujarat, BJP has all the 26 seats in its pocket while in Rajasthan, it bagged all 25 seats.
In Uttarakhand, ruling Congress failed to get even a single seat as the BJP took over all five seats. The ruling Congress was whitewashed in Himachal Pradesh as well with the BJP bagging all four seats.
Smaller states like Goa and Nagaland, which has two and one Lok Sabha seats respectively, also went toNDA.
In Union Territories, Daman and Diu has one seat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli has one, Chandigarh has one, Andamand and Nicobar has one, Puducherry has one and NDA has all this.