Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) might have swiped North Indian states with their majority wins but has failed to leave an impact in the South Indian States and the East States. These states have a significant proportion of minorities and tribals and BJP’s prime Ideology of promoting Hindutva might have been one of the reasons for their huge loss in the Assembly Elections.
I have met a fair number of South Indians whose dislike towards Narendra Modi and BJP has no bound. They hate that how the PM is so devoted to the upgradation of Hindus and disregard other religions. Any festivals like Kumbh Mela is justified in COVID-19 because it is a sacred gathering of Hindus but meetings of Muslims in Delhi’s Nizamuddin isn’t justified.
The Assembly Elections happened in 4 states and one Union Territory whose results were the following:
- Tamil Nadu: The Dravida Munnetra Kazihagam (DMK) led by M.K. Stalin was elected by the people of Tamil Nadu as the next Chief Minister. Under Stalin’s leadership, this was their first election and they won 159 seats out of 234-member house, the election marked their comeback after 10 years.
Tamil Nadu’s Current CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s party AIADMK managed to win 77 seats while BJP managed to obtain four seats.
- Kerala: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by CM Pinarayi Vijayan created history by swiping 94 out of 140 seats, making Pinarayi the Chief Minister of Kerala for the second time in a row.
UDF and Congress managed to secure 40 and 6 seats respectively. BJP failed to win the only seat it once won in the 2016 Assembly Elections.
- West Bengal: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee won by 214 out of 294 seats, making Didi the Chief Minister of WB for the third consecutive term. Although, the vote countings are still going on.
Narendra Modi’s NDA government failed to win the election despite their vigorous Campaigns. NDA managed to secure 76 seats and won the seat of Nandigram from where Didi contest elections after their party member Suvendu Adhikari joined BJP.
Congress allied with Indian Secular Front failed to get a seat.
- Assam: BJP is leading against Congress alliances with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) with 74 and 59 out of 123 seats respectively. Although, the vote countings are still going on.
Sarbananda Sonowal is all set to resume his second term as the Chief Minister of Assam clearing CAA and Incumbency hurdles.
- Puducherry: The Union Territory 30 seats were won AINRC led NDA with the lead of 16 seats. N.Rangasamy to resume his second consecutive term.
DMK and Congress managed to win 6 and 2 seats respectively.
Why Modi Lost in South States and West Bengal:
The downfall of the BJP government is increasing hatred towards Narendra Modi mostly due to:
– Unpreparedness for COVID 19 has led to thousands of deaths every day. Less than 2 per cent of the population has received vaccine shots.
– BJP government has always focused on increasing infrastructure and don’t work on increasing GDP. Under Modi’s rule, GDP is at its lowest with now no scope of growth.
– Due to their Hindutva ideologies, Muslims and Christians who are in a significant population in the South States have proved to be another cause for their fall. Although, west Bengal has 30 per cent of Muslims.
– The party is solely running on Modi’s Shoulder and in states elections, the voters decide upon BJP’s ruling states performances and their promises being fulfilled or not.
– They have failed to address the key problems of Bengali’s and South States lacking BJP’s base.