Big Win for BJP, No Hung Ver­dict in UP, Says Shah

BJP chief tells ET note ban has ben­e­fit­ted party; SP, BSP not strong uni­formly

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Rav­ish.Ti­wari @times­group.com

Chayal | Rani­ganj | Patti | Ame­thi: In a con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing a hec­tic day of cam­paign­ing in Ut­tar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Thurs­day told ET his party will get an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity and that there will no hung as­sem­bly.

UP has had two phases of a seven-phase elec­tion. Re­sults will be de­clared on March 11.

“It will not be a hung ver­dict,” Shah told ET. He re­jected Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party leader Mayawati's sug­ges­tions that there may be a hung ver­dict, and sig­nif­i­cantly added that BSP will pre­fer sit- ting in Op­po­si­tion than al­ly­ing with any other party, BJP in­cluded. Mayawati had re­cently spo­ken about post-poll al­liances, hint­ing at a hung ver­dict.

Shah said that BJP will get twothirds ma­jor­ity in the 402-seat UP as­sem­bly and that his party is in a strong fight in every re­gion of In­dia’s largest state but that BSP and Sa­ma­jwadi Party are strong only in dif­fer­ent re­gions. Shah, who did not di­rectly in­voke de­mon­eti­sa­tion in his poll ral­lies, said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s rad­i­cal pol­icy de­ci­sion has “helped BJP” and that the party’s ri­vals “were wel­come to make it a ref­er­en­dum if they want”. He said BJP has noth­ing to fear from such a strat­egy by the Op­po­si­tion.

On BJP ri­vals’ al­le­ga­tion on po­lar­i­sa­tion, Shah said there’s “no po­lar­i­sa­tion” and that devel­op­ment is the main cam­paign plank.

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