Congress Banished from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand
BJP Fails to Score in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh
The overwhelming mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the National Democratic Alliance in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections in the country is unprecedented. Not only did the NDA win an absolute majority, it has also increased it’s vote share manifold and made it’s presence felt in regions where it did not have any presence earlier.
The NDA has scored 100 % and banished the UPA from Gujarat (all 26 seats), Delhi (all 7), Rajasthan (all 25), Haryana (all 10), Uttarakhand (all 5) and Himachal Pradesh (all 4). In Maharashtra the Congress was demolished with just one seat. Madhya Pradesh (28 out of 29), Chattisgarh (9 out of 11), Bihar (37 out of 40), Maharashtra (44 out of 48),Karnataka (24 out of 28),Arunachal Pradesh (16 out of 19), Jharkhand (13 out of 14), Assam(9 out of 14), North East (16 out of 25) and Goa (1 out of 2) have given the BJP an absolute mandate, though the last phase of counting is still on.
The total credit of this unprecedented victory is attributed to the track record of the government in the last 5 years, particularly the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan, construction of toilets, Jan Dhan Yojana, cooking gas and electricity to every home, medical insurance scheme, subsidy for affordable homes, action against nearly 2 lakh bogus companies, aadhar card that prevented robbery of subsidies and grants to bogus beneficiaries and last but not least the meticulous planning and execution of the election campaign by the Modi – Shah duo.
On the other hand the United Progressive Alliance was led by Rahul Gandhi, who was himself on bail and kept alleging that the chowkidar (Narendra Modi) was a thief. He had little else to offer, which did not amuse the electorate.
The BJP however scored a blank in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Regional parties – Jagmohan Reddy’s YSRCP won all the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh, DMK led by Stalin won 36 out of 38, UDF won 19 out of 20, Punjab won 8 out of 13, TRS won 8 out of 17, Mamta Banerjee’s TMC won 23 out of 42 and Shiv Sena 18 seats have gained impressive victories, though TMC must have expected to do better.
The BJP took bold steps to induct fresh blood, while the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party continued to rely on dynasty politics or the old spent force guards.
The defeat of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president and of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scam fame Ashok Chavan, NCP supremo Sharadchandra Pawar’s grandson with little political experience Parth Pawar, the actress introduced as a fresh face in electoral politics Urmila Mathondkar and former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are hard hitting examples of the UPA treating governance as a past time with the solo objective of winning elections alone.
The victory of Sunil Tatkare of NCP in Raigad was predicted as a foregone conclusion by NewsWithChai, however here too the victory was a narrow one. Thus proving that the NDA was perched strongly in the State with over 40 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra.
In Raigad and Maval constituencies the entire opposition parties had joined hands to beat the NDA. However Ramshet Thakur’s leadership and his sons’ (legislator and Raigad district president of BJP Prashant Thakur and leader of the House in the Panvel Municipal Corporation Paresh Thakur) tireless campaign led to the trouncing of Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar in Maval and the keen fight to Sunil Tatkare in Raigad.
The Thane seat was secured by Rajan Vichare of the Shiv Sena with his and his party cadre’s constant connect with the electorate and their issues in the constituency. This compelled the NCP supremo and former Guardian Minister of Thane district Ganesh Naik to refrain from contesting or daring his son and former member of parliament Sanjeev Naik to enter the fray.
In the wake of the forthcoming Assembly election in Maharashtra in November this year and the corporation election in Navi Mumbai in April next year and the thumping victory of the BJP in the present general elections there is going to be an exodus from other parties to the BJP, particularly the heavyweights clamouring for the BJP nomination or candidature.
Prashant Thakur can now be sure of a ministerial berth as a reward for his performance against the combined might of all the opposition parties in the region. This could also trigger claims for the chairman’s post in CIDCO, that Prashant Thakur presently holds.