Modi reinforces his Image in India
By Roberto Castellanos Fernandez
New Delhi, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The electoral marathon in five Indian states had a clear winner, Prime MinisteNarendra Modi who came out strengthened for the general elections of 2019 and consolidated his position as main figure of national politics.
The in power Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took hold as the most powerful political force of India after ravaging in the voting, especially in the northern territory of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous of the country.
With some 215 million inhabitants, Uttar Pradesh was the jewel of the Crown in the election process started on February 4 that included the territories of Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP conquered 312 seats (over 13 allied groups) of the 403 which form the lower Chamber of regional parliament, way ahead of the 54 seats obtained by the Alliance of the opposition Party of Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP),
headed by beaten head of state governments, Akhilesh Yadav.
For daily The Hindu, the triumph seems bigger taking into account that the BJP won only 47 districts in the elections of 2012 and 51 four years before.
Since the independence in 1947, eight of the 14 heads of Indian governments were born in Uttar Pradesh, hence the electoral and political importance of that territory.
It was a knockout, a personal triumph for Modi who can now secure the almost total control of the BJP in this South Asian nation, affirmed daily The Hindustan Times.
With the head of government as pennant, the Bharatiya achieved in Uttar Pradesh the greatest victory ever since the murdered Prime Minister Indira Ghandi when she led the Congress to conquer 309 seats in 1980.
I thank the people of India for its continuous faith, its support and its affection for the BJP. It is a lesson of humbleness and a great emotion, expressed the prime minister in his Twitter account.
Although these were partial elections, national media and analysts followed with a magnifying glass the process considered a referendum on the decision of Modi to eliminate in November from circulation the notes of 500 and one thousand Rupies (7.5 and 15 USD, respectively).
The measure provoked long lines in the banks and outlets all over the nation and a severe response from the opposition.
The Delhi head of government, Arvind Kejriwal, is another of the big defeated after the scarce electoral support to his partyh: the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in Goa and Punjab.
Kejriwal attempted to project the APP as a national formation, beyond this capital, but when it barely conquered 20 seats in Punjab, although for weeks he went repeatedly to those territories to carry out his campaign.
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