BJP scores massive victory in Uttar Pradesh; leaders thank PM Modi

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi

"I congratulate Shri. Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand", the 46-year-old leader tweeted.

The BJP, which had drawn a blank in the last Assembly elections, bagged three of them while the SP retained its Gauriganj seat.

People had a lot of opinions about Mr Gandhi's future in the Congress party This person thought Mr Gandhi deserved much more credit than he was being given The "cycle" of jokes continued And finally, this person reminded everyone to take it easy Mr Yadav has resigned as UP's Chief Minister and said he hopes "the next government does better". Now party leaders are wondering about the extent of damage she would have caused to her image by accepting strategist Prashant Kishor's advice to campaign extensively. The forging of the alliance proved to be the undoing of the Congress whose leaders had a tough time explaining what happened to its "27 saal, UP behaal" slogan.

The spectacular victory of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls is seen as a tsu'NaMo" (tsunami) and Modi's consolidated grip over "new' BJP. "We have to take decisive action to build up the party where we do not have strong regional leaders", added Singh. Congress dilemma is clear because its leadership is one from family traditionally.

Subrata Mukherjee, a political analyst who has taught at Delhi University, said that the Congress was down but not out and has to look beyond the dynasty to find a way out of its present "crisis" as Rahul Gandhi lacks credibility among the masses. Akhilesh was even compared to Bihar's charismatic leader Nitish Kumar due to the development works undertaken by the SP government in UP. It seems the voters turn on the Congress in places where Rahul spearheads the party's poll campaign. He said Congress' good performance in Punjab, Manipur and Goa is a befitting reply to those who talk about the Congress free India.

Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Congress will introspect on the reasons for the loss in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and will re-dedicate itself to strengthening the party and being the watchdog of people.

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