Election 2019: India chooses Modi again!May 24, 2019
Narendra Modi is back and how! The elections this time were expected to be more balanced than last time as Modi’s popularity seemed to decline a little bit. But, the election results have proved that the nation is still undoubtedly riding on the Modi wave that swept us all in 2014 and is still continuing to do so. This might be an effect of Modi’s leadership handling the recent issues with Pakistan and his campaigns that revolved around national security, nationalism and tight leadership. The victory has exceeded the optimistic forecast of the exit polls for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP has captured an astounding 303 seats out of the total 543 seats. This was opposed to the Congress and its allies winning just 52 seats and failing to open accounts in many states.
With the BJP crossing the elusive 300-mark and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) crossing 350, it has been a whopping victory for BJP led by Modi. He tweeted that the people of India can look forward to building a ‘strong and inclusive’ India together.
Clean sweep over the heartlands of India
BJP has reinforced its hold over the heartlands of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It has established a sweeping victory in these states. But, what is more interesting is that it has also managed to garner a lot of support from previously reluctant states like West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where situation was not so much in favour of the BJP just 6 months ago.
At the heartlands, the Congress party has been campaigning hard to take on the ruling party with a very aggressive approach with Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Chowkidaar Chor Hai’ accusations. But, it looks like their efforts did not translate into votes and some of their campaigns ever back-fired. Specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi was expected to create a very conducive situation for Congress and turn the tables around by garnering more support for her party. Although she did manage to create a buzz, she ultimately did not bring victory as expected and the state has yet again proved its affinity to the BJP.
The South is still reluctant though
Many states in the South still remain secluded from the Modi wave and have shown a clear preference for other parties.
The BJP did not secure much of support in states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The DMK showed clear majority in Tamil Nadu under the support of Congress, the YSR Congress won in Andhra Pradesh. Kerala remained a solace to the Congress in the southern part of India. However, the BJP has proved its strong hold over Karnataka.
Some states in the northern part, like Punjab, have swayed in favour of the congress too. But, the big picture is that Modi has clearly won over the North, West and East of India.
End of road for Rahul?
The grand old Congress party looked for a major turning of tables and a strong revival in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But, the results of the elections have come as a rude shock and a blunt reminder of the party’s fading relevance to the country. With the BJP performing even better than the 2014 elections this time, the Congress has been wiped out from many states in the country with single digit leads and even zero leas in some states.
Rahul Gandhi went all out in his campaign and tried to regain the party’s power but it has not worked out, yet again. This election was seen as a second chance for revival for Rahul but now with the defeat, the future does look challenging for the Gandhi scion. He was defeated even on his own grounds wit Smriti Irani winning against him in Amethi. He also contested from Wayanad in Kerala where he won and this remains his only solace for now.