NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party claimed election victory in four Indian states on Saturday.

Soon after the news of BJP’s ‘historic mandate’ made waves across the country, its leader Amit Shah said the party would form governments in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state as well as in Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

“This is a historic mandate by the people of these states for BJP,” he said at a press conference at the party’s New Delhi headquarters.

“These results will set Indian politics in a new direction,” he asserted as he credited the win to PM Modi’s leadership and described him as “the most popular leader since Independence.”

Shah said the results were a defeat for “dynastic politics”, in an apparent jibe at Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul.

“The people have accepted the politics of performance,” he said, promising that the faith they had placed in the party and in Modi would be rewarded.

The opposition Congress Party retained power in just one state, northern Punjab.

Premier Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to thank his voters reaffirming his commitment to work for the people.