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Yes, the people are fed up of regional political parties!
With the outcome of the results of Assembly elections in five States – Uttar Pardesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has become stronger. Not only this, both PM Narendera Modi and Party President Amit Shah have risen in stature post the election results.

In fact, the morale of BJP which had dipped after its defeat in Delhi and Bihar Assembly elections has now improved post an emphatic victory in Uttar Pradesh elections and as the final outcome of the results, BJP is almost certain and clear favourite to win the next general election of 2019.

This is the reason BJP had been fully concentrating on UP in comparison to other states. Narendera Modi addressed a number of rallies in the last leg of his campaign. It was thought that SP and BSP will give a tough fight to the BJP. After the voting, even the exit polls had not predicted a clear majority for the BJP but it was a miracle for the Saffron Party in the final results which they themselves had not expected. Anyways these results have proved that the minds of voters are changing who now seem to be rising above caste, religion and all such equations while casting their votes.

The results of Punjab were very much expected as the people of the state had been harbouring resentment against the ruling SAD-BJP government. Anti-incumbent force had been working from the very beginning against the ruling alliance, but surprisingly, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the debutante party in the state of Punjab, which was being seen as a strong contender, was out-rightly rejected by the voters who chose to support Congress led by Captain Amarinder Singh instead.

In Uttarakhand too, BJP was expected to get the benefit against the unsatisfactory working of the Harish Rawat government. Besides for the past many years power has been alternatively exchanged between Congress and BJP in Uttarakhand, shifting back and forth with one term of either party being followed by another five years rule of the rival party.

In Goa and Manipur, Congress and BJP were face-to-face in direct confrontation. While BJP was rejected by the voters of Goa, AAP was routed in the state. The voters preferred to chose between BJP and Congress, making it clear that they are more inclined to chose national parties over regional and smaller parties. This is the reason that the people who were not expecting Congress to do well, were surprised by the results of Punjab, where the Grand Old Party got a full majority, while in Goa and Manipur, it emerged as the single largest party.

A few things have become crystal clear after a massive win for the BJP in UP. First, the NDA alliance is still intact which was formed at the time of 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Secondly, the supposed resentment of people over demonetisation proved to be completely wrong. Last but not the least, caste equations and demographics of the state greatly changed during this election. The Samajwadi Party lost its vote bank of Yadavs and even other Non-Yadav OBCs switched loyalties towards BJP. Likewise, Dalit votes also got divided, with the BJP getting a decent share. Muslim community on the other hand seemed divided both horizontally and vertically between SP, BSP, Congress and independents, tilting the election entirely in BJPs favour.

Frankly speaking, despite all these changes, it cannot be denied that the Modi factor is still in existence in UP and it is felt that with the formation of BJP government, the development doors would open upwithmore employment opportunities. Particularly in UP, it will be a challenge for Modi and BJP to rise up to the expectations ofpeople especially when the voters have instilled their faith in BJPwhile rejecting regional parties.

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