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How expressions changed at BJP headquarters with Karnataka swings

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Overjoyed BJP workers and supporters broke into brief jigs and raised victory slogans at the here until Tuesday noon as initial counting trends indicated the party getting a majority in But the fervour dimmed as the party's numbers dipped and it became clear that the state was headed for a hung Assembly.

When the trends showed that the (BJP) is securing 106 seats in Karnataka, hundreds of party workers assembled outside the gates of the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg office and started celebrating victory by bursting crackers and dancing to the tune of drums.

Dressed in the party's saffron and green colours, the workers also raised slogans of "Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi" and "Bharat Mata ki Jai". Some carried placards with pictures of and Many party workers wore saffron turbans.

Anticipating victory, several BJP leaders, including and Nirmala Sitharaman, and of State for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, reached the party headquarters.

They described the "victory" as an endorsement of Modi's development agenda and Shah's strategy.

The leaders slammed the for running a toxic and negative campaign and said the people of had chosen the BJP's development agenda over the Congress's divisive agenda.

But the whole scenario changed in the afternoon as TV screens showed the party's count dropping and that of the increasing. With the BJP numbers coming down to 105 from 120, the drum beats and celebrations stopped and the union ministers as well as the party's national spokespersons left the headquarters.

The smiles on the faces of party workers also dimmed but they drew satisfaction from the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 104 seats.

The smiles again returned to the party office after Modi and Shah came to mark the party's performance.

Party leaders earlier took several potshots at the

Sitharaman said: "It is a historic day for the party and the win is an endorsement of Modi's development agenda.

"People have rejected divisive, toxic and negative of the Congress and chosen Modi's development agenda."

Prasad took a swipe at Congress Rahul Gandhi, saying somebody was dreaming of becoming Prime Minister, a reference to his statement during the poll campaign that he was ready for the job if his party emerged victorious in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Javadekar said the BJP won because it is a party of the masses while the Congress "is a dynastic party".

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at rajnish.s@ians.in)

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:22 IST
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