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Rajnath Singh, BJP party president who lead from the front

PARUL/YOJNA | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published May 16, 2014, 6:49 pm IST
Updated Apr 1, 2019, 7:47 am IST
BJP President Rajnath Singh greets party's prime minister candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at CM's house in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)
 BJP President Rajnath Singh greets party's prime minister candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at CM's house in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: As the BJP heads for a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha polls, party president Rajnath Singh not only has reason to rejoice but can also claim at least some of the credit for leading the saffron outfit to such an impressive performance at the hustings.
 
Mr Singh himself was quick to congratulate the party's prime ministerial  candidate Narendra Modi on Twitter. He said trends indicate "a landslide"  for the party.  In a message on Twitter, Rajnath Singh described the BJP’s  performance as "superb".
 
The 2014 Lok Sabha polls are the first ones that Mr Singh helmed as the party  president, having take over as the BJP head in February last year. 
 
However, the LS polls aren't the only ones where Mr Singh has led the party  to victory. The BJP had done well in last year's assembly polls too in four  states and in Delhi. 
 
The party swept to victory in the states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and  Madhya Pradesh. While in Chhattisgareh and MP the sitting BJP  government was re-elected, in Rajasthan it managed to oust the Congress  government.
 
Shivraj Singh Chouhan led the BJP to an impressive 165 seats in the 230-member legislative assembly, reducing Congress tally to just 58 from 71 in 2008.
 
In Chhattisgarh, the BJP led by Raman Singh won 49 seats in the assembly  elections. Congress managed 39 seats in the 90-member assembly. Singh, in  fact scored a hat-trick by winning the assembly polls.
 
The party also performed splendidly in Rajasthan where Vasundhara Raje wrested power from Congress chief minister Ashok Gehlot, winning 162 seats of the state's 200 seats.
 
In Delhi, however, the BJP's hopes of forming the government were dashed  as it managed to win only 32 seats (one gong to an ally). The Aam Admi Party instead formed the government, having got 28 seats and Congress-support.
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