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Post securing a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh and other key states, BJP President and party's chief poll strategist Amit Shah's priorities now would be ensure a comfortable return to power in Gujarat and also wrest Karnataka, the southern and only big state still left with the Congress.

Elections are due by November-December in Gujarat, the backyard of both Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it may not be a simple cakewalk as the saffron party has lost considerable support base in last few months.

According to the results, the BJP-plus won 325 seats in the 403-member Assembly in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi's BJP now heads the government in states where more than half of Indians live, while the Congress party, which has ruled India for most of the 70 years since independence, leads in regions covering less than 8 percent of the population.

That has raised hopes among investors that the BJP will embark on a round of new reforms to boost growth in Asia's third-largest economy, and try to tackle the corruption and red tape that has long undermined India's potential. Modi's BJP Party swept the polls in two of five states -- Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Remembering the electoral debacle for the BJP in Bihar elections, Anwar said, "The model which was presented in Bihar elections should have been persuaded by all parties, but this strategy was cornered by other parties because they feared that Nitish Kumar would get the benefit".

"This is a tectonic shift in Indian politics".

Meanwhile, BJP too is upbeat about forming its first ever government in Manipur and the numbers suggest that it has a slight edge over its arch rival in the state. "It will end the politics of caste, dynasty (parivarvaad) and appeasement".

It is widely considered that the party controlling UP directs political discourse throughout the country.

Questions are again being raised about Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi's leadership after the party's poor showing in UP, where he had focused his attention with an intense campaign. The BJP holds a majority in the lower house but not in the upper. NPF and NPP, who are part of the BJP-backed North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), bagged four seats respectively while LJP won one seat. The most striking fact about the election is that while time and again people have claimed that BJP relies heavily on Hindu votes, the party has fared exceptionally well in the Muslim concentrated seats as well.

While the BJP is leading in Konthoujam, Chandel and Thangmeiband, the Congress is leading in Lilong. "Regional and state leaders have to be promoted, or at the least allowed to work on their own and only then can the party's situation change".


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