New Delhi, May 20: The mandate in the just-concluded assembly elections spread across eastern and southern India were an "endorsement" of the developmental works of the Narendra Modi government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party said on Thursday, May 19.
"The BJP parliamentary board believes that these election results are an endorsement by the people of the development and welfare programmes of the central government led by Narendra Modi which are focused on inclusive growth of all sections of society," said a resolution passed by the party's highest policy-making body.
The meeting of the parliamentary board presided over by party chief Amit Shah and attended among others by Prime Minister Modi thanked the people of these five states "for the overwhelming support given by them to the NDA".
"Two years ago, the BJP had pledged to expand its organisation and strengthen its presence in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the results of these elections demonstrate that the party has been able to convert the growing organisational strength into electoral support of the people," the resolution said.
Analyzing the poll results, the parliamentary board expressed satisfaction on the BJP-led NDA forming a government in Assam for the first time ever.
"The vote share of the BJP has increased manifold in Assam, Kerala and West Bengal, compared to the last assembly elections. Even in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the vote share of the BJP has increased," the resolution said.
"The absolute majority of the BJP in Assam symbolises the growing strength of the BJP in the northeast and recognizes the pan India presence of the BJP," it said.
The resolution lashed out at the Congress for only promoting "a political culture of mis-governance and corruption" and claimed that the people of India are now "thoroughly disillusioned" with it.
The party also noted the BJP or an NDA ally's victory in the bye-elections in Gujarat, Jharkhand and Meghalaya.
In northeastern state of Meghalaya, the NPP retained Tura parliamentary seat that had fallen vacant after the demise of sitting MP and former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma.
"Even in the bye-elections for two assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, the vote share of the BJP has seen an unprecedented growth," it said.