Assembly Polls Results: Five things we learned from state elections 2017
New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh and four other states' legislative assembly results are out and the Bharatiya Janata Party has wiped out the two northern states, UP and Uttarakhand, while the Congress has grabbed the Punjab scalp.
Here are the five things we learned.
1. The trend from 2014 continues
The reliance of BJP on the so called 'cow belt' in the 2014 elections showed that the region was the mainstay for the party. The complete decimation of the opposition in Uttar Pradesh continues that trend.
2. AAP's position in Punjab was overrated
Historically, the anti incumbency factor has been huge in Punjab. The 2012 elections were a one-off and the 2017 elections seem to bring back the Congress BJP dichotomy. While a tally of over 25 is not bad, any expectations for AAP repeating their achievements in Delhi have fallen flat.
3. The fall and fall of BSP
Mayawati had been conspicuous by her absence in the lead up to the elections. The usually charismatic figure seemed to be a shadow of the leader that she once was. After the 2014 wipeout, this is a blow which spells the doom for the Bahujan Samaj Party.
4. Brand Modi is very much alive
The fact that an incumbent Prime Minister was so active in the elections shows how highly the BJP rated these elections. After the Bihar debacle, the brand Modi has received a huge boost.
5. BJP gets boost for Presidential elections
With a greater share in the vote share, the BJP is likely to have its candidate in pole position to become the President. The huge mandate allows BJP to evade the possibility of costly alliances.