New Delhi, India (BBN) – Early trends suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to sweep crucial assembly elections in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Modi personally led the campaign in the country’s most populous state against regional rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), reports BBC.
Trend suggest that BJP is also set to win the northern state of Uttarakhand.
The main opposition Congress party is leading in Punjab, and Manipur states.
Modi has been central to his party’s election strategy, and aggressively campaigned on a promise to bring growth and modernisation, and to root out corruption.
These were strong promises in an impoverished state like Uttar Pradesh where caste, family and religious affiliations are deeply entrenched.
Modi also strongly backed his move to ban high value notes – amounting to 86 per cent of India’s currency – last year as a measure to tackle corruption.
The incumbent chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, opposed the currency move, and told the electorate that Modi had “taken money out of people’s pockets”, and hurt businesses in the state.
He also told people that he was the best person to bring development in the state.
“My track record in the past five years shows that I have a vision for the state,” he said at a rally recently.
Analysts say Yadav’s decision to form an alliance with the Congress party, and his direct attack on Modi’s policies probably hurt his prospects.