Manoj Tiwari had earlier asserted that his party will win more than 45 seats in the 70-member Assembly and form the government.
Parvesh Verma argued that if the polls would have been about education and development, then Education Minister would not be trailing from Patparganj.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said the opposition raised issues of unemployment, farm distress and the people decided Modi was the right man to solve them.
After drawing a blank in the 2014 general election, the Bahujan Samaj Party this time round won a decent 10 of the 38 seats that it contested as part of the alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
The top Congress leadership will deliberate on the reasons of the humiliating loss in Lok Sabha elections and assess them.
'Nathji should take the moral responsibility for the defeat as he is chief minister and most importantly the state party chief as well', a Congress leader said.
This is for the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results of voting machines will be matched with slips generated by paper trail machines.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said India's elections are the world's largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people – an eighth of the world's population – eligible to vote.
The BJP got an absolute majority getting 272 of the 458 seats, results of which were declared past midnight.
Many supporters burst crackers in front of the office, others danced and distributed 'ladoos' and slogans of 'Modi, Modi' and 'Jai Shri Ram' reverberated in the air.
Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power as it led in over 300 seats.
In 2014 general elections, the NDA had won 104 of the total 120 seats (80 in UP and 40 in Bihar) and going by the leads, it looks like it will manage to retain a large majority of its seats in these two states.
Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is on course to retain power for a second term, riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma like the way he swept to power in 2014.
In a statement, the ministry also said it has asked the states and Union Territories to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquillity.
On the eve of counting day, all eyes are on three key states – Karnataka, West Bengal and Odisha, that have the potential to spring a surprise and influence the results of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
The Congress, which won the Assembly polls, leads the list with 56 MLAs having criminal antecedents, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with 34 while the Bahujan Samaj Party has two such lawmakers.
The Congress said people across the country, angered by the BJP's "arrogance and misrule", were "showing it the door
“I don't consider that the SP-BSP tie up has worked… I believe that Lord Ram was angry with you (BJP) the day you (BJP) rolled out the red carpet for the SP leader, " said Sanjay Raut
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addresses media after the oath taking ceremony at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh. AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat with PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu are also seen.PTI Photo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in New Delhi.PTI Photo
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during a public meeting in Mandi.PTI Photo
Actress Warina Hussain during the launch of Ladurée store at Khan market in New Delhi.PTI Photo
People Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti during a joining of new party members at party office in Jammu.PTI Photo
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