Narendra Modi on 19th May 2016 congratulated people of Assam for the history win, first ever in the northeastern states which were always considered a tough nut to crack for the BJP. Jubilant by the win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the mandate clearly shows that people are supporting the party’s ideology of development and that it would provide new energy to further work towards the upliftment of common masses. He said, “Popularity of BJP has risen rapidly and has found popular acceptance throughout the country”. From being limited to Hindi speaking also referred to as cow belt, BJP victory in Assam could be a good sign for the upcoming state elections.

While addressing party workers at the BJP headquarter, Modi said “The voters have bestowed faith in BJP. Formation of government in Assam by BJP may turn out be surprising for some people as was the party’s participation in government in Jammu & Kashmir. The poll results have shown that ideology of BJP which focuses on the development and its efforts to bring about a change in the lives of common masses through different initiatives and schemes is getting well acceptance and support of the people”.

Narendra Modi took on Twitter to thank BJP president Amit Shah and his team as well as karyakartas who worked tirelessly in the five states which went into poll over the last few days; West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry. Barring few scuffles elections were conducted peacefully throughout the states. Narendra also conveyed the best wishes to Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha over the phone for their win in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Federal governance has always been given impetus by Narendra Modi emphasising on cooperative development between centre and state.

BJP won 86/124 seats in Assam, comfortably gaining majority where INC got limited to 26 seats and 14 seats went to others. BJP couldn’t open an account in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry while it got limited to 1 in Kerala and 3 in West Bengal. It could be a stepping stone for the party which has seen a rise from 6 seats out of 712 in 2011 to 64 out of 698 in 2016. BJP has made their presence felt first time in the north eastern and southern states. Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar credited the win to Modi and also Amit Shah for choosing the right candidates and pitching in development as the sole agenda. Union power minister Piyush Goyel termed the win in Assam as a review of good governance where people are appreciating the “Sab ka sath, sab ka Vikash” module and is also dismantling corruption and opportunists political parties.

Contributor: Shivaji Singh