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Modi Factor Always There, Big Win for BJP: Sukhbir on Polls

Rejoicing its ally BJP's good showing in three of the four state assemblies, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that it will be tidal wave in favour of BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

On asked whether the Narendra Modi card worked for BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, Badal, President of Shiromani Akali Dal said, "Modi factor is always there, this is a big win for BJP."

"This is a complete rout of the Congress Party and it is going to be a tidal wave in 2014," he told PTI in an interview here.

BJP today appeared to be on the road to capturing power in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was leading in Delhi while Congress was giving it an equal fight in Chhattisgarh in the assembly elections when counting of votes began.

On the tremendous performance of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi elections, Badal said that these (AAP) votes will translate into Modi votes in 2014.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Badal, who is also patron of the Shiromani Akali Dal, in a statement issued here this evening, hailed the victory of SAD-BJP alliance in the Delhi assembly polls and described it as a "historic mandate in the favour of its pro-people policies and outright rejection of Congress due to its anti-poor stance and rampant corruption".

The Chief Minister said these election results were a "referendum for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in 2014".

He said these election results were a pointer towards the impending rout of the Congress-led UPA government from the Centre thereby paving a way for the BJP-led NDA government.

Badal also praised the performance of SAD candidates in the Delhi polls, saying, "It is a testimony to the unflinching trust and confidence, which the people especially the Punjabis have reposed in the policies and programmes of the party."

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