The last few weeks have been like a Bollywood thriller movie with so many twists and turns in the Political arena that could put even Abbas-Mastan to shame. The Maharashtra Assembly Elections were held on 21st October 2019 to elect MLAs on the 288 seats. The results were declared on the 24th of October after a total voting turnout of 61.3%. The minimum seats required to form a government was 145. The left-wing alliance of BJP and Shiv-Sena won an absolute majority with BJP conquering 105 seats, which was about 25.75% less than the last assembly elections, while Sena conquered 56. NCP won 54 seats, INC won 44 and the left 29 seats were won by other small parties and independent leaders. After the results were announced there was fallout between the two largest parties in the state. Sena was demanding a 50:50 power share in the state while the BJP was forcing 60:40. This resulted in a conflict and after a month long power struggle and negotiations between all the parties, on 28th of November, 2019, Shiv-Sena, NCP and INC (56+54+44=164) came together to form a coalition government with Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister.
This is not the first state where the BJP has faced defeat. After the landslide victory in 2014 general elections, BJP swooped states after states and became the largest party in the nation by winning 21 state elections by 2018. But the recent state assembly elections have not been very fortunate for the party. While they managed to form governments in states like Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka but they faced huge losses in key states like Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan, where they lost by quite a margin. Their strength was put to test in states like Karnataka and Haryana.
In Haryana, the party narrowly managed to retain power by winning 40 seats out 90. Manohar Lal Khattar-led government’s slogan “Abki Baar 75 paar” fell short of the majority mark of 46. The Congress showed substantial growth from last election winning 31 seats, just shy of double of what they won last time. BJP still made government with the support of JJP leader Dushyant Chautala.
Even in the Karnataka assembly elections, we saw a lot of political drama happening with election getting postponed, INC seeking re-elections and what not. BJP was the largest party with 105 votes while the INC and JD(S) won 80 and 37 seats respectively. BJP formed the government with Yeddiyurappa as CM but he resigned 10 minutes before floor test. INC JD(S) coalition then formed government with HD Kumaraswamy as CM but after governing about 19 months 2 independent MLAs turned to BJP and HD Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote by 100-107. BS Yeddiyurappa then again took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
We can clearly see how BJP has lost its stronghold over the years since they first came in power in 2014. Is it because the Modi magic is falling short now? Is it because people are realizing that only the face of Modi is not enough to win elections? Is it safe to say that the Modi-Wave is slowly fading now?