With Jharkhand loss, BJP loses command over most of the Hindi belt — as regional parties rise
- Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party might have won with a thumping majority in the general elections, but it does mean that its popularity is at an all-time high.
- At the state level, the Saffron party lost six state elections before and after its
Lok Sabhavictory. BJP’s fall began last year as it lost assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
- The latest shocker was Jharkhand which was traditionally considered its bastion.
Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party might have won with a thumping majority in the general elections, but it does mean that its popularity is at an all-time high. At the state level, the Saffron party lost six state elections before and after its Lok Sabha victory. BJP’s fall began last year as it lost assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The latest shocker was Jharkhand which was traditionally considered its bastion.
BJP might be at the helm of India — but 2019 saw the rise of regional parties
BJP witnessed a humiliating defeat at the Jharkhand assembly election this month. An alliance of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Indian National Congress and the
In the state elections held in October, BJP emerged as the single largest party. Yet, an internal feud with their poll partner -Shiv Sena, led the latter to break away from them. In spite of a fast-track swearing in of BJP state head Devendra Fadnavis as CM, its unholy alliance with a breakaway faction of
BJP still has its grip on Haryana, but it’s not too tight. The Saffron party was able to form a coalition government only because of the support of
Chhattisgarh was yet another bastion that BJP lost in, but that was last year. The party had ruled the state for 15 years but in the last assembly elections, it has to wind up as it won only in15 seats. Congress won in 68 and decimated the party which was ruling at the center. Though a national party like Congress had taken over, regional parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh also ate into the vote share.
Rajasthan never did have a sweet spot for regional parties. Since 1998, both BJP and Congress ruled the state alternatively. In 2018, BJP won 70 seats in the states — 33 less than Congress. One of the biggest reasons for BJP’s failure was agrarian distress and loss of vote bank from the Meena community. About half the voters were dissatisfied from the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government.
Congress won the highest seats — and formed an alliance with RLD, the LJD and the NCP -- to form the government.
In 2018, Madhya Pradesh became another state where BJP lost but it resulted in a hung assembly as both INC won 114 seats while BJP won 106 seats. However, INC took the support of seven MLAs from BSP, and the
Some of the other prominent political territories where BJP has no influence include Delhi, Telangana and Andhra where regional parties continue to rule the roost.
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