How Assembly polls changed political landscape

How Assembly polls changed political landscape
NEW DELHI, DEC 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/13/2018 11:02:07 AM IST

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi crossed each other at the Parliament — their first face-to-face encounter after Congress’ sweeping victory in Assembly polls — without exchanging pleasantries. Quite visibly, the Congress victory in the Assembly elections has changed political equations on the ground and beyond. 

From what looked like a partial completion of BJP-claimed ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ just six months ago in May, the Congress victory in three states has made inroads not just into the Hindi heartland, but also in the perception about the forthcoming general elections next year.

In May 2018, the BJP held 19 states in the country. Congress was reduced to just three states- Punjab, Karnataka and Mizoram. The alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, which helped continue the Congress-element in power was arguably the only face saver moment the party witnessed earlier this year. 

Six months down the lane, the situation is not quite as predicted. Contrary to a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ which, according to the BJP, should have resulted in a BJP win in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, it is the Congress which has emerged victorious. 

The post-December 11 political map has reduced BJP to 16 states. The Congress, on the other hand, is now in five states- Punjab, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. 

While Congress lost in the northeast — Mizoram being the latest loss — its comeback in the Hindi heartland has changed the equation ahead of general election 2019.


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