Face masks of Mamata Banerjee and PM Modi
A shopkeeper shows masks of Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi for sale in Kolkata | ANI
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New Delhi: With a stunning mandate and the BJP expected to cross the 300 mark on its own, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s celebration is reminiscent of his 2014 poll pitch.

And, now he has no need of ‘chowkidars’ and decided to therefore drop the prefix from his twitter handle.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages are pouring in from everywhere and everyone for Modi.

One of the first messages comes from Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. She didn’t fight the elections from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, a seat that she had earlier represented, but is seeing how the BJP has swept the state, perhaps she ought to have.

Her Ministry of External Affairs followed suit — it’s putting out series of congratulatory messages for PM Modi from world leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping. Conspicuous by its absence on MEA’s timeline, however, is Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s congratulatory tweet.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti is gracious to her former allies, the BJP, in her election greetings. Is she eyeing another alliance in the state?

Her rival in Jammu and Kashmir, the urbane and witty Omar Abdullah, is looking forward to the “next five years”.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee probably comes across as a sore loser, who refuses to congratulate anyone or admit defeat in the face of the huge numbers that BJP is making in her state. Will she not believe in the VVPATs either?

Congress’s Shashi Tharoor isn’t in a congratulatory mood although he appears to be winning in Kerala. He likens winning elections to scoring a century.

Congress’ Hasiba Amin is more cheerful about victory than Shashi Tharoor. She’s celebrating a rare Congress win in Goa. Rahul Gandhi is known to have fondness for Goa, but with Amethi likely to fall from his grip, maybe he can fight from there next time.

The irrepressible Mani Shankar Aiyar, and Sanjay Jha greet Modi in their customary acerbic style. Both attack Modi on Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and the ‘new India’ she represents — well, they need new vocabulary to lock horns with her.

Actor-turned politician Rajnikanth also bestowed his ‘God’ blessings upon Modi. His political career may have stalled even before it could start, but with the BJP looking for friends in Tamil Nadu, after AIADMK’s uninspired performance, Thalaiva might just be their man.

And lastly, how do you enjoy a successful election without really trying? Well, by sitting in TV channels’ studios. Ask Swaraj Abhiyan’s Yogendra Yadav, who was on a channel-hopping spree on the counting day.

Also read: Vijay Rupani watches Modi biopic & Jyotiraditya Scindia takes a break in US


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