Congress voted out of NE but penetrates into the Hindu heartland

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Thomas Lim
The verdict of five states on December 11, 2018 is considered as the countdown for the 2019 Lok Sabha General Election and has turned out to be a disaster for the Bharatiya Janata Party losing all the five states even though it had given a hard fight in Madhya Pradesh. The propaganda of Bharat Congress -mukt (Congress Free India) however is seemingly making a mark as the grand old party has lost Mizoram which was the only state in the North East region where it was still in power.
The Assembly Election 2018 result were declared for Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), Rajasthan (199 seats), Chhattisgarh (90 seats), Telangana (119 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) where a new system has been introduced by the Election Commissioner of India, where a certificate is given at every round which had resulted in a long drawn counting of votes process. Madhya Pradesh witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between the Outgoing BJP Government and the Indian National Congress which both polled 42 percent of each.

The 40-member Mizoram Assembly was almost swept by the Mizo National Front (MNF), which got only five seats in the 2013 Assembly polls. This time it secured 26 seats, while the ruling Congress won only five seats, losing out 29 seats. BJP managed to get just one seat.
In Telangana, where the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which went for early elections, crushed the Congress-led combine which included the Telugu Desam Party to steamroll over the elections, winning 85 of the 119 seats. The Congress alliance was way behind at 23, prompting a Congress leader to allege that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had been the undoing of the party.
The verdict of Chhattisgarh was a big surprise event to the Congress who won 66 seats in the House of 90, while BJP managed just 17 which is a shortfall of 88 seats from 2013 election. Of course it is considered that it is just the anti-incumbency wave of BJP and not in favour of Rahul Gandhi. Telangana and Mizoram are in critical Assembly elections held ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha battle.
Exit polls held at the end of staggered voting were proved right in Chhattisgarh, where the Congress, despite not having an alliance with the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh-BSP combine was set to win handsomely, ending 15 years of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule.
The poor performance of the BJP in all the five states, particularly the Hindu belt like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is a clear indication of the sentiments of the masses that the only issues of Ram temple is a big mistake, and the Lord Ram devotees (Ram bhakts), saints and religious gurus resolution of Ram Mandir Wahin Banayenge’ (Ram temple will be there only) turned out to be one of the factors leading to the disaster for the party, as the Ram Temple or the Ayodhya issues should be resolved as the state subject and not as a national issue leveraging on the Hindu vote bank.
The temple visit of year old Congress President, Rahul Gandhi has paid off as the party captured both the Hindu belt like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and this has transformed the INC as the Soft- Hindutva party, while BJP is still looked upon as a hardcore Hindutva party with components like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that is the Sangh Parivar group.
The harsh demonetization, is the political move to muscle into Uttar Pradesh, which the BJP managed, while the whole nation was affected. Then comes the Goods and Services Tax India (GST) which was unable to generate employment which was the agenda for the 2014 election but is yet to take its final shape which is yet another factor leading to the downfall of BJP. One needs not mention the arrogant party workers and a few leaders which needs to be introspected if the party wants to retain power in 2019.
According to the Congress party, the anti-incumbency wave and the assurance of Gandhi to waive the farmers loan has benefited the party, which will now be the model for the Lok Sabha election 2019.
Whatever the truth may be behind the results in these elections, it does not change the fact that these results are a wakeup call for the BJP in the upcoming parliamentary elections.


 

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