Election results in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab show BJP not invincible
Whether we like it or not, we are in “New India”. Narendra Modi succeeded in commercializing Hindutva and converting the poorer segments of Indian society. How else to explain the BJP’s comfortable victory in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa?
There was no reason for the BJP to win, especially in UP. An unprecedented economic crisis, unemployment and deaths due to the Covid pandemic should normally have led to the fall of the Yogi government. But the election results proved the political pundits wrong, and the Yogi government returned to power.
How can this political phenomenon be explained? It was Hindutva coupled with freebies like free food grains that were apparently in favor of the BJP. There was no reason for the BJP to win in Uttarakhand and Goa either, with strong anti-incumbent currents in both states. The long and short of the election results is that Hindutva is alive and Narendra Modi continues to rule the hearts of many, if not most, Indians.
There is not much time left for the opposition parties to organize before the next Lok Sabha election in 2024. The opposition is undoubtedly in disarray. The election results must have further demoralized their ranks and ranks. But the political parties striving to reclaim India from communal politics cannot afford to spend time finding fault with each other.
When we talk about the opposition, it becomes the primary responsibility of Congress to lead the opposition. Despite the reservations that many may have with the big old party, the fact remains that we still cannot imagine a national alternative without the Congress.