Backed by a saffron wave that decimated the Opposition, the Narendra
Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has registered a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections. The massive win has made the present government be the first ever non-Congress government to return to power in Delhi after completing its first term.
One of the key features of this landslide victory of the saffron front in several high profile states was the sheer increase in the vote share. This substantial rise played a crucial role in helping the party improve its numbers in comparison to the last elections.
BJP makes giant inroads in Bengal
Bengal, once a bastion of the Left, had been the centre of media attention throughout the campaign period. The state where the tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP often took violent turn ended up revealing the deep inroads the latter had made in the past five years. BJP ended up increasing its vote share from 2014’s 16.34 percent to 40.21 percent this time. The party also improved its tally from two to 18 making it clear that they are well in contention to end Mamata Banerjee-led TMC’s dominance in Kolkata in the upcoming assembly polls.
BJP's domination in Haryana continues
While there was no doubt about the state being a stronghold of BJP, the performance of the party in the state was highly commendable. Not only did the party make a clean sweep by winning all ten seats, but they also increased their vote share significantly. The party garnered 57.98 percent votes, a giant leap from last elections' 34.74 percent. The rise in vote share, besides increasing BJPs seats in the state, also ensured capitulation of prominent powerhouses in the opposition ranks such as Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
BJP reasserts its clout in Hindi belt
One of the key factors behind BJP's rise to power in 2014 was its stellar performance in the Hindi heartlands and central India. However, the change of political dynamics and agrarian anger proved fatal for the party in this very region in the recently concluded state elections. The loss of power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the stellar performance of SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh and the emergence of AAP as a formidable power in Delhi were expected to make the party’s return hard this time.
However, BJP not only destroyed opposition ranks in these states but also has put a question mark on the existing caste dynamics-based political narrative in the region and the future of several regional satraps and their partys.
In Uttar Pradesh, despite the challenge put forward by Mahagatbandhan, the saffron front secured 64 out of 80 seats. Its vote share too increased from 42.32 percent to 49.54 percent.
Similar results were also seen in states such as Jharkhand (50.72 percent from 40.11 percent), Delhi (56.55 percent from 32.19 percent), Chhattisgarh (50.07 percent from 32.97 percent), Himachal Pradesh (69.11 percent from 53.35 percent), Madhya Pradesh (57.98 percent from 41.02 percent), Rajasthan (58.47 percent from 38.77 percent) and Uttarakhand (60.76 percent from 46.51 percent).
Since Narendra Modi’s rise to power in Delhi, the Opposition has been trying to break the saffron hold on the western state that is home to both the prime minister and BJP President Amit Shah. The state saw the rise of new leaders from Jignesh Mevani, who emerged as the champion of Dalit cause to Hardik Patel who grabbed limelight through the Patidar Andolan. However, the BJP firmed its grip on the state by winning all 26 Lok Sabha seats and increasing its vote share to 62.21 percent.
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