This holds true from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the north to Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the south, to Bihar and West Bengal in the east and Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya in the north-east. Their cadres were on the street, in Bengal threatening people and in Tamil Nadu, distributing freebies. “Fortunately, last two years, many promises have been fulfilled”.
Elated over poll outcome in Assam the Prime Minister said “The victory in Assam, the first for the party in the northeast, has made it clear that BJP is rapidly receiving “popular acceptance” in all parts of the country which “augurs well” for the democracy”.
The spread of the BJP can be measured by the fact that 69% of India’s territory now has a BJP or BJP plus allies state government.
A Bangladesh government spokesperson slammed Indian Election Commission for holding Assam and West Bengal elections so close to one another. As a Congress wag was heard laughing: “maybe that is why they won Assam”.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party seized control of restive Assam from the center-left Congress party, which promised to “work harder” to win people’s confidence after losing ground in several states. In the latest such instance, the BSP extended support in the crucial floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly to help the beleaguered Congress Chief Minister Harish Rawat win his battle against the BJP. The elections were held in two phases on 4 April 2016 and 11 April 2016 for 126 assembly seats.
The BJP contested 41 seats in the 2014 general elections (out of 42), won 17% votes of the Bengal electorate, and won two Lok Sabha seats.
On minority support to the BJP during the just-concluded hustings, he said, “Both indigenous Assamese and other minority communities supported us and they contributed to over 20 per cent of our vote share”. The Congress’s existing presence gives it as a natural advantage in this struggle, which the BJP lacks. The BJP also do not carry the weightage of All India Party by just few negligible seat even upto just one seat. The AIUDF, the largest opposition party in the outgoing Assembly, won 13 seats, against 18. The BJP improved its position 2 to 8 seats. Many believe the activation resulted from an awareness of the growing attention the Aam Aadmi Party was receiving in the state.
“The Indian National Congress accepts the verdict…with utmost humility”. It has now inched up to 31% in 2016. The BJP has got three seats as against the Congress 44.
“The BJP defeated the Congress in Assam but couldn’t defeat Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee or the Left”. The CPI (M) has a vote percentage of 26.5% and the Congress in its defeat 23.7%.
But with poor policing and rising crime set to acquire important dimensions in the forthcoming election campaign, it remains to be seen whether BSP and Congress will continue with their anti-BJP tirade, thus giving a respite to the SP. This time, she fought alone, and was still able to get a comfortable majority.