Agencies, New Delhi
Propelled by a Moditva tsunami, the resurgent BJP stormed to power, ending its 15-year exile, under the leadership of 63-year-old Narendra Damodardas Modi who ensured the party’s landslide victory on its own.
The party has won 109 and is leading in 172 while its allies Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, Telugu Desam, and LJP among others are ahead in 40 constituencies.
After a 30-year gap, BJP has won the distinction of being the first party to win such a clear majority and administer a severe jolt to the Grand Old Party (GOP), Congress, while bringing curtains down on the coalition era.
The Congress has put up its worst ever decimal performance leading only in 48 seats; it allies are ahead in 13-RJD in four, NCP in six, IUML in two and KC (M) in one.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have owned up for the debacle, saying, ‘’We accept our responsibility for the defeat.’’
Both congratulated the incoming regime.
Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will resign tomorrow, the day Modi arrives here for the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to decide the contours of his government.
Extra security cover has been rushed to the Gujarat capital for the incoming premier, who took the blessing of his mother, Heeraben, and tweeted: ‘Acche din anaewale hai’ (Good days are ahead).
Modi has won both Vadodara and Varanasi seats. His victory margin of over 5,70,000 votes in Vadodara is a new world record.
In as many as seven states, the Congress could not open its account. It also could not cross two-digit mark in any state. Most of the Congress stalwarts bit dust at the hustings.