Following the resounding victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, there was excitement and a riot of color at the BJP office here on Thursday. It also caused a traffic jam as workers also danced on Vidhan Bhavan road.
Amid the deafening tunes of drums with dancing party workers, senior leaders including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya, as well as BJP Minister Brajesh Pathak and Chief from the state party Swatantra Dev arrived at the party office in the evening. They were welcomed by “Kesaria Gulal” (orange color). Party leaders also smeared ‘gulal’ on their faces to celebrate the victory.
Some BJP supporters arrived there on bulldozers. One such man, Sanjeev Kumar, said, “Yogiji used the bulldozer for the development as well as the demolition of the mafia in the state.” Another party member, Sumant Kashyap, was donning a miniature plastic bulldozer over his headgear. He said, “Today the bulldozer is the symbol of development, law and order.
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Nikhil Chaturvedi, a BJP worker from Lucknow cantonment, handed out sweets while others popped crackers to express their happiness. A top leader of Apna Dal (Sonelal), a BJP ally, Ashish Patel was brimming with confidence at the party office in Lucknow’s Mall Avenue. Addressing the gathering of party workers after trends started pointing to the BJP victory, he said, “Good performance is always rewarded by the people, so keep working hard.” On the contrary, the offices of the opposition parties looked deserted.
Samajwadi Party: from enthusiasm to despondency
The excitement of the Samajwadi Party (SP) workers was very strong in the morning but it faded as the counting progressed and the BJP took an unassailable lead. After the trends, the results dampened our enthusiasm, said an MS worker.
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Another SP worker, Rajesh Yadav from Lucknow cantonment, who arrived at the party office anticipating the party’s victory, became discouraged after the BJP started winning by leaps and bounds. Shabaz Talib, an SP worker from Lucknow Central, said: “Our party has won since the last time (2017) but we have to work hard to get back to power.
The Congressional office wore a deserted look
None of the senior congressional leaders were seen at the state party headquarters. Party spokesman Mukesh Singh Chauhan tried to answer questions from local media while putting on a brave face. “It’s a different thing that the Congress lost, but you can’t ignore the hard work of the party’s general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who confronted the BJP head-on,” he said.
Uneasy calm at the BSP office
The doors to the BSP office were closed and there were only a handful of people seated inside and no one was prepared to speak to the media. BSP workers watched the election results on television with a sense of disbelief.