As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead in Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Omar Abdullah, said the huge victory is a mandate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his aggressive campaigning in India's most populous state.
The ruling Samajwadi Party and its ally the Congress were struggling to cross the 100 mark. Abdullah said there's no leader today "with a pan-India acceptability who can take on Modi and the BJP in 2019", when the general elections are scheduled to take place.
Here's what Abdullah tweeted.
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