BJP's victory in Uttar Pradesh just established five socio-political facts

The current Uttar Pradesh BJP unit president and a senior party leader, Keshav Prasad Maurya, an OBC, has been one of the most talked names for the post of Chief Minster even before the beginning of the polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his party to a landslide victory in India's largest state at the weekend, consolidating his power and putting him in a strong position to win re-election in 2019.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav welcomed the decision of the voters and hailed the BJP's victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

"Modi's magic has destroyed the opposition and silenced sceptics in the party", Maurya told Reuters on Saturday, as the scale of the victory became clear.

"We sincerely hope that Amit Shah and Narendra Modi will not enter into such a misadventure to decimate the will of the people for people have spoken clearly", he added.

With this new mandate, Modi will likely continue to go after financial corruption.

But they caution that his biggest task remains transforming India's economy into one that creates enough jobs for an emerging generation that is desperate to give up life on the farm for a more prosperous future.

"This is a stupendous achievement", said Ashok Malik, a fellow with the Observer Research Foundation, based in New Delhi. The weakening India National Congress party, which once dominated the nation's politics, won in Punjab, a powerful farming state, and remained in contention in two smaller states, showing that it was still a factor nationally, though less so than in years past.

Success will increase the pressure on Modi to provide for an increasingly aspirational nation of 1.3 billion people, half of whom are aged 25 or under.

On the question raised by Mayawati about EVMs being managed by BJP, Congress said: "It is a matter to be addressed by the Election Commission in order to erase all doubts about the integrity, honesty and impartiality of the electoral process". "The problem in India is that people think reforms are pro-rich".

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today congratulated Modi for the BJP's victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. "This victory is unprecedented in many ways", Shah said.

"It would have been better, had he (Modi) played the cards of uniform civil code and Ram Mandir during the campaign", it said.

In July 2015 Patidar youth, many of whom are surnamed "Patel", started public demonstrations across Gujarat demanding Other Backward Class (OBC) status for their community, which would entitle Patidars to a reserved quota of places in government jobs and education.

  • Jon Douglas