According to the exit polls, Ruling BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call. The state assembly elections in five states are the final test of popularity before a national election due by May next year.
The main opposition Congress party has gained ground in bitterly fought Rajasthan state and likely to form the next government. BJP is ruling this state. Congress is likely to win 100 to 110 seats while BJP will end up 75 to 80 seats in Rajasthan.
Congress is also likely to perform better in Chhattisgarh state assembly. In Chhattisgarh, the BJP, led by Chief Minister Raman Singh, will get 41 of the state’s 90 seats, while the Congress will win 42. The Ajit Jogi-Mayawati alliance will get 4 seats. The majority mark in the 90-member assembly lies at 46. No party likely to get simple majority to form the government. BJP will have to work hard to stop congress forming the government.
Surveys broadcast at the end of voting for five state assemblies showed the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing behind the rival Congress party in some states.
In Madhya Pradesh, the same polls suggested the BJP and the Congress were locked in a fight down to the wire. The combined surveys showed the BJP winning 110 seats, the Congress 109, and smaller groups 12 in the 230-member house. To rule, a party requires 116 seats. No party likely to get the simple majority to form the state government.
In Telangana, ruling KCR will likely to win the majority to continue its rule in this youngest Indian state. Congress led alliance will end up with 39 seats. BJP will get 5 seats.
These three states are very important. Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are part of Hindi belt also called cow belt and considered as a bastion of ruling Hindu nationalist BJP. If BJP lost and Congress won in three states, it will be moral boosting victory of Congress party led Rahul Gandhi.
Indian Prime Minister Modi, who came to power with a clear majority in 2014, has been criticised for failing to create enough jobs for the thousands of young people entering the jobs market every month. He has also faced criticism for allowing hardliners in his party to undermine India’s secular foundations.
The extreme rightwing hardline Hindu groups known as Sangh Pariwar are targeting Muslims and other minorities under the umbrella of Modi government. Modi government has played key role in spreading the hardline Hindu ideology in India.
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17 November, 2019