From its days as a party on the fringes of India's political spectrum, the Bharatiya Janata Party has now come a long way to rule over a large part of India. The cherry on the cake is of course Uttar Pradesh where the party won a whopping 325 of the 403 seats this election. From 2012 onwards, the saffron party has seen a massive surge in its electoral prospects. In 2012, a year prior to Narendra Modi's elevation as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the party was in power in six states.
Now five years down the line, the party is in power in 13 states. In 10 states, it is in power on its own, while three other states it shares power with its regional allies. Here is a graphical representation of the saffron surge:
Note: Manipur and Goa have been marked in red because at the time of writing, no party was in a position to form the government.
Published Date: Mar 12, 2017 12:24 PM | Updated Date: Mar 12, 2017 13:44 PM