Assembly Elections – Part 4

The results have been a mixed bag for the BJP. Goa was a great win, and full credit goes to Manohar Parrikar. He combined his good governance image with smart candidate selection and an alliance that helped propel the BJP to power with a majority. He should now be able to govern for a full term.

BJP was also on the winning side in Punjab, where the SAD stole the show with a sterling performance. BJP’s seat count dropped, and that cannot be good news.

BJP’s performance in Uttarakhand was an excellent comeback. But there is no reason it should have been in this place. With the Congress having won one seat more, it is now probably going to be the BSP which will decide who forms the government.

The biggest disappointment for the BJP has been Uttar Pradesh. There were expectations of 80 seats. No one would have expected a reduced vote share and seat share from the already pathetic performance of 2007. There is no way to spin this one. BJP needs to go back to the drawing board in UP if it needs to remain relevant as a national alternative to the Congress.

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Rajesh Jain

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