Congress party which ruled India along with its allies during past ten years has been decimated by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is likely to win more than 272 seats, the number required to form the government.
At 2pm, the BJP and its allies were leading at more than 339 parliamentary seats and the Congress camp including its allies were leading at a meager 59 seats — 175 lesser than what it got during last Lok Sabha elections.
‘Modi wave’, above all, has worked against Congress. However, massive corruption, inflation and tentativeness of its leaders on critical issues have led to an anti-incumbency wave against the UPA government.
The results, astounding as analysts have called them, need to be credited to the rise of Narendra Modi, as a decisive leader, than the ideology of the BJP.
Modi, who has governed Gujarat since 2001, is being seen as a leader who could spearhead economic boom in India, create more jobs for the youth, and take a hard stance against Pakistan and China, which have been nudging India off and on.
The results are being attributed to corporate sector too — which is believed to have invested massively in the candidature of Modi, who is seen a favourable leader by the business groups.
Gujarat, incidentally, has voted the BJP on all 26 seats – a mandate, analysts believe, is Modi magic and his form of governance in the state, which has seen enormous growth over last decade.
In Uttar Pradesh, which elects 80 members to the parliament, the BJP is likely to win more than 60 seats – a feat credited to Modi’s right hand man Amit Shah.
In Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as well, the BJP trounced Congress and its allies.