The BJP cruised towards victory in Uttar Pradesh as it was leading in more than 300 seats while the ruling Samajwadi Party and its ally the Congress trailed at a poor second spot (75 seats). The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was gasping at 30 seats.
Reacting to the verdict, party MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath said that people in Uttar Pradesh have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination.
The firebrand leader said that the people's mandate for the BJP was in favour of the credo pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas' (Development for all).
"People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination," he said, in an apparent reference to the poor showing by the ruling Samajwadi Party and its ally the Congress.
"People want development for all, without any discrimination," he said.
"The good governance model of the Modi government and in BJP-ruled states attracted people towards the party," he added.