Lok Sabha Election Results 2014: Politicians, who dismissed Modi Wave, ashamed

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Bangalore, May 16: So, the final Lok Sabha election results have been declared and as it was expected, "Modi Wave" indeed swept Congress and other political parties in the country on Friday, May 16. Now, it is clear that politicians, who once had refused to see "Modi wave", have been ashamed as Modi-led BJP is all set to get more than 272 seats.

Meet the politicians who had dismissed Modi wave earlier during their campaigning across the country:

1. Manmohan Singh: The outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "I don't think there is any Modi wave. It is the creation of the media. The country has not been swept by any Modi wave."

"I don't think Congress is losing ground. Wait for the results on May 16. We will win a majority," he added.

2. Murli Manohar Joshi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi once had reacted against Modi wave saying, Modi is the representative of the party as the prime ministerial candidate. And whenever a dynamic person moves with the support of the party, he creates a very strong sympathy and support for him, because of his track record also."

"So it's not a highly personalized thing, it is a representative wave. He gets support from different parts of the country, from different sections of society, and from all leaders of BJP. So, he represents the general mood and the desire for change. You may call it a Modi wave, there is no harm in it. But it is a sum total of what is happening inside the country, it represents that."

3. Arvind Kejriwal: "There is no Modi wave in the country," Kejriwal had said addressing a road show at Sangrur, Punjab.

Though AAP candidate from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann won, Kejriwal lost Varanasi to Narendra Modi and the former won with over over 75,000 votes.

4. Kumar Vishwas: AAP candidate in Amethi against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and BJP candidate Smriti Irani -- Kumar Vishwas once had said, "I don't know whose wave is this one but whoever comes to power, they should work for the aam-aadmi (common man)."

5. V Balakrishnan: AAP candidate from Bangalore Central constituency and former Infosys director V Balakrishnan said, "I don't think there is a Modi wave. It is creation of vested interest. The MPs are talking about Modi because they do not have any thing to talk about their performance."

Balakrishnan lost Bangalore Central constituency in Karnataka to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

6. Manish Doshi: Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said, "If there was a wave in favour of any party, particularly Modi, polling percentage should have risen at least in proportion with the increase in voters' strength. But this has not happened. This negates the claim of Modi and the BJP leaders of a wave in favour of the saffron party."

Modi won from Vadodara defeating Congress candidate Madhushudan Mistry.

7. Nagma: Congress candidate from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh - Nagma said, "The BJP is saying that there is Modi wave. I say that there is no such wave."

She also added, "Had there been any wave in favour of (BJP's prime ministerial nominee) Modi, then he would not have been contesting the Lok Sabha election from a safe seat, but would have contested, like me, from a seat where his party has not won in the last 35-40 years. Then it would have been known that the '56-inch chest' is really of 56 inches."

Nagma has been defeated by BJP candidate Rajendra Agarwal in Meerut.

8. Lalu:  RJD chief had dismissed all talk of a Modi-wave sweeping the state saying, "There is no Modi-wave anywhere. If Modi comes to a place, people come to see if this is the same Modi who has harmed so many people, the one who was responsible for riots."

9. Raj Babbar: Bollywood actor and senior Congress leader Raj Babbar had dismissed Modi wave and said, "BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is terrorizing Muslims so that they vote for him."

He also added, "Modi is only misleading the country by misutilising the publicity medium. Ground realities will come to fore after parliamentary poll results. Neither 'chaiwallah' (tea seller) nor 'paanwallah' (betel seller), Varanasi constituency needs a 'Banaraswallah' (local) leader to represent it in Parliament."

10. Akhilesh Yadav: UP CM said, "I have not seen any Modi wave. People here don't even understand what the Gujarat model is," the Chief Minister said. "The Samajwadi Party will win the maximum seats."

11. Mulayam Singh Yadav: Samajwadi Party chief had said, "If Modi thinks contesting from Varanasi will help create a positive image for the BJP in the Purvanchal states, it is his misconception. Here, voters are aware of what will work in their favour and what will not. It isn't that easy to manipulate them."

12. Mayawati: The former UP Chief Minister once had said that the BJP realised that it might not be able to form the government and that there is no Modi wave as claimed in the media.

"BJP leader Narendra Modi in his recent interview had claimed that if needed he might seek support of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, TMC's Mamata Banerjee and BSP national president...I want to make it clear that BSP will not extend any kind of support to NDA at any cost," Mayawati told reporters.

13. Digvijay Singh: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh once had said, "In a Modi wave why is BJP engineering defections and giving seats to defectors? What happens to BJP loyalists?,"

14. M Karunandihi: DMK supremo M Karunanidhi said, "I do not see anything of that (Modi-wave) sort."  Asked whether in his opinion, a Narendra Modi-led NDA government will be 'dangerous', Karunanidhi said, "You cannot help but think that way." 

15. Jaswant Singh: Dismissing Modi wave the rebel leader, who left BJP, had said, "In Barmer there is only a heat wave."

He also said, "I will not join the BJP. If I feel that the agenda of the UPA or a Third Front is for the greater good of the country, I may support them."

16. Virbhadra Singh: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thurday dismissed the presence a Narendra Modi wave in Himachal Pradesh and said, "I would not like to speculate...but can say with confidence that the Congress would win all four seats."

However, there were many politicians, including BJP leaders, who had admitted to "Modi wave" in the country. [Read: 20 best quoted on Modi wave]

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