Friday, June 21, 2019 | ePaper

Not a very pleasant time for BJP govt

  • Print
INDIA'S ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday suffered stinging election defeats in three key states, which is now considered as a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year. Political observers said it was a semi final match and the result for Modi was not satisfactory. Mr Modi will likely go head-to-head with Congress Party's Rahul Gandhi for a second term in 2019, which is termed as final match. However, the Indian Premier twitted: "We accept the people's mandate with humility."
The BJP conceded defeat in both Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan while in Madhya Pradesh Congress came out as the largest party with 114 seats. Congress's traditional ally BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) took 2 seats, pushing the alliance seat tally to 116 majority mark in the 230-seat state assembly. In Telangana and Mizoram States, the regional parties looked to be leading. The BJP at present rules 19 out of 29 Indian states either outright or in alliance with local parties. Congress rules just two states, including one in partnership. But the latest results are a blow to the image of Mr Modi.
It's now clear that, the main reason behind BJP's apparent declining support due to growing rural distress and unemployment rates in India. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "We defeated the BJP today; we will defeat them in 2019 too. Mr Modi sold a vision to the country five years ago. India had the patience to give them five years. But they have failed."
The BJP's election defeat was nothing astonishing. The opponent Congress Party ruled India for years when there was a practice of moral values with the historical extent of Indian culture. But BJP led by Modi took a U-turn by encouraging the religious fundamentalism. But majority of voters, the people of grassroots level and farmers, did not accept his policy. On the eve of Parliament's winter session, as many as 21 Indian opposition parties gathered for their biggest meeting and called for a united fight to defeat the BJP in final match. They will demand a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Rafale deal, which may complicate BJP's move about triple Talaq Bill or construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
That means, Mr Modi will have to cross hurdles to win next election for second term. Really, it's not a very pleasant time for BJP government.

More News For this Category

ASEAN leaders must rethink about Rohingya crisis

SOUTHEAST Asian leaders must use their next summit to hold talks on Myanmar's treatment to the Rohingya, Rights Groups urged Wednesday, after a report by the bloc was pilloried for

Prevent any further unwanted incident at Payra Power Plant

A CHINESE worker, who was injured in a clash over the death of a worker at Payra 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant in Kalapara Upazila on Tuesday, died at Barishal

Data Protection

Taslim Ahammad :Data is something we take it for granted, however, data protection should be one of our big priorities. Sharing data may bring benefits on the other hand it

Fine Tuning of Budget

Md.  Ashraf  Hossain :Thanks to government for realising basic problem of capital market. Finance Minister rightly stated that listed companies had been depriving shareholders by transferring major portion of net

Readers’ Forum

Britain's politics and story of a failed nationThe Brexit that Prime Minister Theresa May has tried to engineer, a product of the internal tensions of her own party, was doomed

Govt's machinery is broken: HC's direction is welcome but will not work

Selling and storing of substandard and expired drugs in the pharmacies across the country have reached such a dangerous stage that it has now become extremely harmful for the public

Sustainable policy needed to check high inflation

POINT-to-point inflation increased for the five consecutive months in May to 5.63 per cent from 5.58 per cent in April mainly for price hike of non-food items including clothes and

Dwindling Political Morality

Muhammad Quamrul Islam :An enlightened young man returned from his village home after observance of holy Eid-ul-Fitr with his family to Uttara Dhaka on June 15, 2019 and opened his

Food Poisoning

Shishir Reza :Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that occur suddenly (within 48 hours) after consuming

River grabbing must be stopped forever

NATIONAL River Conservation Commission has instructed District Administrations of Munshiganj and Narayanganj to send time-bound action plans for evicting grabbers from the Meghna, Sitalakhya and Dhaleswari and ensure close monitoring