Lotus will bloom in Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir: BJP leader

Exuding confidence from the early trends, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said that the Lotus will bloom in both Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi: Exuding confidence from the early trends, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said that the Lotus will bloom in both Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to Zee Media, Hussain said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wave is everywhere in the country and the BJP will win a majority in both the states.

Most exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state.

Jharkhand, which has been battling Maoist violence, registered an overall 66 percent turnout for the 81 Assembly seats. The state, which was carved out of Bihar in 2000, bettered the previous mark of 54.2 percent in the 2004 Assembly polls.

Altogether 1,136 candidates, including 111 women, contested in Jharkhand. Out of the total seats, 28 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and nine for the Scheduled Castes.

The ongoing elections will be a litmus test as much for BJP, which is making its first serious foray in Jammu and Kashmir to form a government, as for Congress, which will be hoping to stay relevant in the state politics following the massive rout in Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.

BJP launched an aggressive campaign as part of its 'Mission 44+' -- the magic number required for simple majority in the state Assembly -- during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several top leaders of the party addressed election rallies across the state.

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