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....