UP civic poll victory to boost BJP mood in Gujarat

The UP civil poll results is set to boost the BJP mood in Gujarat, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it a verdict for "development" and saying it would "motivate to work even harder for people's betterment".

The civic elections outcome, with the BJP homing in on 14 of the 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh, not only cements Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's leadership, it is expected to be used by the party to reject Opposition's anti-Modi barbs in Gujarat polls and insist that it shows people continue to repose faith in the NDA government and the economic reforms such as GST.

"Development has triumphed once again in the country. Thank people of the state for this grand victory. Many congratulations to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and all party workers. This win motivates us to work even harder for people's betterment," Modi tweeted as the trends firmed up in favour of the BJP.

What saffron leaders are drumming on is the Congress's defeat in Amethi, which is represented by its vice president Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha. BJP's Chandrama won the Amethi Nagar Panchayat by 1,035 votes.

BJP president Amit Shah used the UP results to say that it is an indication that the party will come out triumphant in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat elections as well.

Congratulating Yogi Adityanath for the electoral success, he also stated the verdict establishes Modi's firm belief in "sabka sath, sabka vikas" and BJP's politics of performance. He rejected dynasty and appeasement politics allegedly followed by the Opposition.

Soul searching

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the UP verdict reaffirmed people's stamp for the GST that has made doing business "easier" for traders. Jaitley, at a media briefing, recalled that the BJP had scored unprecedented victories in UP and Uttarakhand assembly elections post demonetisation. "Today's results (in UP) have only reaffirmed it," the minister stated.

The party will, however, have to do some soul searching as it has lost all the six seats of chairmen of Nagar Panchayats in the home turf of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya.

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