After the Narendra Modi government’s ruling at the Center in 2014, has the dream of a Congress-free India been wired now? Is the Congress making a comeback with silence? Is the power of states slipping from the hands of BJP?
These are some of the questions that are rising rapidly in the political corridors of the country these days. The Congress, which played the role of kingmaker in the formation of the new government in Maharashtra, has captured its hold in another big and politically important state. Before this, the Congress has politically demolished the BJP Fort in 4 major states Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and hoisted its flag.
In 2014, when the Center BJP came to power for the first time under the leadership of Narendra Modi, it was in power in 7 states. After this, the BJP has been forming its governments in the states one by one due to the Modi-Shah duo overthrowing Congress governments across the country and the slogan of Congress Mukt Bharat.
By early 2018, the BJP had captured 21 states in the country alone or in alliance. In the meantime, the BJP had gone from North India to East India, and had formed the government for the first time in the northeastern state of Assam.
But the story of politics started changing slowly from here itself. In the assembly elections held in Karnataka in May 2018, the BJP is unable to form its government despite the claim of lakhs and the Congress-JDS government is in power. However, the happiness the Congress gets from Karnataka does not last long and due to the politics of manipulation, the Congress’s fort is removed from the hands of the Congress.
In the last December of 2018, the Congress gets its first major victory after 2014 when it formed governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, beating the BJP. Among these, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were the states where the Congress tasted victory after 15 years of exile.
The victory of the Congress in these three states was no less than a living for him. However, after this, there is a Modi wave in the country once again in the Lok Sabha elections, and the BJP, after achieving the figure of 300 for the first time, occupies the power of the country for the second time in a row and the Congress is able to improve its performance marginally compared to 2014. .
After the Lok Sabha elections, there is a reversal in the assembly elections held in Maharashtra and Haryana. The electoral outcome of the BJP in power in both states was no less than a shock. The BJP’s performance in Haryana and Maharashtra has faded significantly amid the noise of removing Section 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
In Haryana, BJP’s vote percentage falls by 22% compared to Lok Sabha elections and the BJP which got 58.02% votes in Lok Sabha elections had to be satisfied with only 36.44% votes in assembly elections.
The BJP, which had dreamed of crossing 75 seats in Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections, won all 10 seats, was reduced to 40 per cent seats and somehow managed to save its power with the help of Dushyant Chautala’s Baisakhi. At the same time, there is a slight drop in the vote percentage of Congress which got 28.42 percent votes in the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, but with 28.13 percent votes, its seats increase by 21 points.
At the same time, in Maharashtra too, BJP’s vote percentage decreased by two percent compared to 2014. In this election, BJP’s vote percentage fell from 27.8 percent to 25.7 percent and its number of seats was 105.
On the other hand, the Congress, which increased its seats by 2 points from 42 to 44 in this election, compared to 2014, but its vote percentage fell from 18 percent to 15.9 percent. By the beginning of 2018, the BJP, which ruled over 71% of the country’s population, has been reduced to around 40% after losing power in Maharashtra, while the Congress has quietly returned to form 25% of its government with government formation in Maharashtra. Reached
Election strategist Prashant Kishore, who once played a key role in bringing Modi to power at the Center for the silent withdrawal of the Congress, has said that the Congress’s current leadership in maintaining its political importance and participation in power without any significant and meaningful effort There is no match.
Regarding the changing political atmosphere of the country, senior journalist Shivanurag Pateriya says that the way the BJP lost the major states of Hindi heartland Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and now it seems to miss making the government after leading in the number game in Maharashtra. It is now that people are looking for an alternative to the BJP.