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Election 2016: BJP on rise while Congress struggles to stay alive

The Election results that came out on Thursday was game was historical in many ways. While on one hand AIDMK chief Jayalalithaa became the first Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to win the consecutive elections, BJP made history by setting its first government in Assam. Mamata Banerjee too made the historical win for herself by securing herself the post of the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second time. But, Kerala stuck its traditional flipping of its government by welcoming CPI(M)-led LDF. The only consolation for the Congress is that it came to power in Puducherry after a nominal win against its own break way group AINRC.

The Thursday’s result reflected two things – the BJP is back in its game, Congress has almost completely lost it.

After losing the elections in Bihar and Delhi last year, BJP president Amit Shah  had been feared to have lost the Midas Touch. But Thursday’s results have injected a massive morale boost to BJP. Apart from securing the government in Assam, BJP has more or less has seen at least minor victory in other 3 states. “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Kamrup, the BJP has arrived as a pan-Indian party, declared a satisfied Shah.

In kerala despite LDF ‘s win BJP under its branch Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) has managed to chalk it’s victory with its maiden account, apart for polling 15%. In West Bengal where the Trinamool won, BJP besides winning three seats have achieved the polling of 10.7%.

Speaking about his victories in Kerala and West Bengal Amit Shah said, “This [ingress into the North East, West Bengal and Kerala] is a strong foundation for 2019, on which our cadre will build a strong edifice.” These small and large victories have given to BJP a new confidence to fact the 2017 elections in Uttar Pradesh. Shah has attributed this win to endorsements of the Modi’s achievements during last two years, commenting that many good deeds and projects have been implemented by the Prime Minister and hence the victory.

On other the graph of Congress seems to plummet sharply. With the results of elections of out, the congress now seem to rule mere 6% in India. While it lost its power in Kerala and Assam, it suffered considerable set back in other states as well. Trinamool Congress headed by Mamata Banerjee had battle the elections alone after parting away with its partner Congress. The congress which had made a pact with left had lost with just 44 seats. In Tamil Nadu the Congress and it’s alliance DMK had secured only 86 seats thus at least having the comfort of being in Opposition.

The only consolation for the Congress is its win in Puducherry. It has come back to the power in the Union Territory after beating its own branch out AINRC and securing 15 seats out of its contested 21.

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