The outcome of the Assembly elections has given a much-needed boost to the BJP, especially after the Uttarakhand fiasco and debacle in Delhi and Bihar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the mandate was a nod to his government’s development agenda and attempts to bring change to the citizens.
The BJP managed to pull off a comfortable victory in Assam with the help of its four other NDA allies, including AGP and BPF, posted encouraging shows in West Bengal and Kerala and managed to hold on to the "success graph" in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Addressing a gathering at the party headquarters here on Thursday, Modi said, “The voters have enhanced faith in BJP. The formation of the BJP government in Assam is equally surprising for some people as was the party’s participation in government in Jammu and Kashmir. The results have demonstrated that BJP’s ideology of development and its tireless efforts to bring about a change in the lives of common masses are well accepted and supported by the people,” he said.
BJP president Amit Shah said the poll outcome has laid a “staunch foundation for 2019”. “The verdict is a referendum of the Modi government’s performance on the eve of its second anniversary. It stamps the party’s progressive politics as against the negative politics of the Congress,” emphasised Shah.
He also said the BJP’s “success graph was intact” in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry even though it failed to open an account.