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Exit Polls Give BJP an Edge in Maharashtra and Haryana

Published: 16th October 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2014 11:04 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: As most of the exit polls suggested that the BJP will emerge as the single biggest party in the Wednesday’s Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana, including one indicating  a clear majority for the party in  both the states, celebrations are just waiting to erupt at the party headquarters here.

The main occupant at 11 Ashoka Road, currently being given a fresh coat of white paint, BJP chief Amit Shah, many within the party feel, will pass the acid test when the results will be declared on October 19. The saffron party is keen to project the favourable result as a victory for PM Narendra Modi’s charisma and Shah’s micro-management skills as these were the first Assembly elections  to take place after the generational shift that saw the duo’s ascent in the party.“ The results will show, the popularity of our PM Modiji, the people have converted it into votes. We can say with conviction that we will secure the majority. It’s a vote for BJP’s good governance, and Congress’ misrule and corruption,” BJP general secretary J P Nadda said.

Sources said it was Shah backed by Modi, who had insisted on the BJP seeking its rightful share of seats in both the states, that led to the party severing its ties with alliance partners -- the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and the Haryana Janhit Congress in Haryana.

If the BJP goes on to form the government in both the states, Shah would claim that his strategy worked even beyond UP.  Shah, 49,  assumed charge in July, after which he picked his team and gave specific tasks to everyone area wise for micro-management. Maharashtra was divided into 50 zones, which had a central leader looking after it, and then a second layer constituency wise -- covering 280 seats-- with leaders drawn from other states, while the third layer had local leaders.

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