BJP wave UPsets poll predictions

After three hours into counting, the BJP had advanced way ahead in 306 seats in UP, a breathtaking gain of 257 seats over its tally of 48 in the 2012 assembly election

BJP wave UPsets poll predictions

The BJP has a saffron Holi to celebrate with a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with a Modi wave, as the party is leading in over 300 of the state's 403 seats. Any party needs to form the government in the state. The assembly victory is considered as a crucial win for BJP after their landslide in 2014 general election. The saffron party is ready to form a government in the neighbouring state Uttarakhand. Punjab has given the grand old Congress another chance to rule after 10 years and Aam Aadmi Party has become the day's biggest loser. 

After three hours into counting, the BJP had advanced way ahead in 312 seats in UP, a breathtaking gain of 264 seats over its tally of 48 in the 2012 assembly election. The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance performed poor with lead in 54 seats. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party landed third with a poor performance of winning 19 seats. 

The Congress was leading in 77 seats in Punjab's 117 seats up from 23 seats in 2012. Arvind Kejriwal's AAP won in 20 seats in their debut fight, and the ruling Akali Dal-BJP alliance is third with 18 seats, down to 47. A party needs 59 seats for a majority in Punjab assembly.

The BJP and the Congress are neck-and-neck in Goa, and the latter has a slight lead in the 40 seat assembly with 17 seats. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost in Mandern making a setback for the BJP.

In the Congress ruling Uttarakhand, the saffron party has established a huge lead as leading in 57 of state's 70 seats and got the absolute majority to rule the state.

The Congress won only in 11 seats.

In Manipur, the ruling Congresswon in 28 seats. BJP is in second place with 21 seats.

The UP polls which were held in seven rounds are seen as a finale for 2019 general election. PM Modi was the face of BJP's campaign in the most important state election he has faced since the victory in the 2014 national election.