New Delhi, March 11: The Bharatiya Janata Party has witnessed a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, coming back to power in the state after 15 years. However, what is significant is the historic mandate that the state has given to the party. The BJP it seems will go on to win more than 300 seats in the state. It seems that demonetisation has worked in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party and not against it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 24 rallies throughout Uttar Pradesh in a matter of 30 days.At every rally he addressed, he referred to demonetisation as a move to the fix the corruption and black money ‘mess’ created by the Congress. At many of his rallies, Modi said, “Under the Congress, it was always about how much money has gone in scams like 2G, coal block allocation and AgustaWestland. But now, it’s all about how much money has come.” Meanwhile, by the time the elections began, the worse of demonetisation was over. There were no long queues at the ATMs any more. The banks started having enough cash. Therefore, the move played out to go in favour of the BJP and not against it.
On the other hand, PM Modi also raked up surgical strikes throughout the elections. He said that the way the Congress and the AAP reacted to the surgical strikes was shameful as it was a brave step taken by the soldiers of our country. India has launched a surgical strike on Pakistan in September 2016 and destroyed terror camps in the cross-border region.
Campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi also raked up the issue of the safety of women and rising crimes in the state. He even campaigned for a continuous three days in Varanasi before the last phase of elections. On the other hand, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as well as BSP supremo Mayawati went all out to attack PM Modi over his demonetisation move and criticised. However, it doesn’t seems to have worked in any way for the SP or the BSP. It is the BJP all the way in Uttar Pradesh.
Assembly elections for the 403 seats of Uttar Pradesh were held in seven phases between February 4 and March 8. While surgical strikes were carried out in September 2016, PM Modi had announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8, 2016.