Riding on the wave of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is set to evict the Congress, yet again, from another state that the party ruled. The major states in the country, now, are being ruled by the saffron party, which has further deepened the existential crisis of the Congress. With the results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections indicating BJP’s victory, the party has called the results a vote for development pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the tireless star campaigner in both states. Though the newly elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi also worked harder conducting two-three rallies a day, unfortunately, the Modi magic was too tough for him to handle. Commenting on the loss of his party, Rahul tweeted, “My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.” As the Congress president accepts the verdict of the people, the party now rules in only four states — Karnataka, Punjab, Mizoram and Manipur.
Significantly, the BJP president Amit Shah said he is confident of winning the Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Karnataka Assembly elections too. If this turns into reality the Congress may have only one state under its rule. Since 2014, the Narendra Modi led BJP had formed its government in 14 states with full majority. The saffron party now rules a total of 19 state including its allies. Addressing a press conference, Shah also asserted that the poll outcome in favour of the BJP is a victory of performance and development against political dynasty. Early this year, the BJP had also trampled the Congress in the state of Uttarakhand.
From Assam in the east to Gujarat and Maharashtra in the west, the saffron party has very carefully captured the border states of the country. Last year, BJP has stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years, securing three-fourths majority and demolishing rivals SP-Congress and BSP in a keenly-contested Assembly polls. Showing astonishing performance, the BJP got 312 seats in the 403-member Assembly. Its allies Apna Dal(S) and SBSP bagged nine seats and four seats, respectively, taking the total tally of the combine to 325.
The assembly elections in the state of Gujarat have been no less than a war between the Congress and the ruling BJP. Congress’ newly appointed President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi left no stone unturned to win over the people of the state during the election campaign. A common aspect of their election campaign was the fact that both the leaders addressed a number of rallies and visited many temples. BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995. The opinion polls before the Gujarat election showed BJP securing the majority but with an extremely small margin. The Congress has been looking for a turnaround this time. Seen as the semi-final before 2019, General elections, the Gujarat elections were held in two phases on December 9 and 14.