May 23, 2016

The Times Table

In this Outlook article, Praveen Chakravarty argues that increasingly voter disenchantment with the national parties is carrying through state and national elections.


"Clearly, both (Congress and BJP) lost more assembly seats to regional parties in these four states between 2014 and 2016. This is perhaps the biggest takeaway for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Notwithstanding the English media’s obsession with national parties, it is indubitable that the significance of the national parties continues to wane...

It may be a great symbolic achievement for the BJP to win Assam as a state but the overall picture vis-a-vis its 2014 performance is not as rosy...The BJP’s overall average voteshare in these four states in 2014 was 17 per cent, now down to 13 per cent. So the euphoria over its performance is perhaps misguided. The BJP performance in these four states in 2016 hides more than it reveals.

The Congress contested in 55 per cent fewer seats in these state elections compared to 2014..Interestingly, it won more seats in three of the four states in 2016 compared to 2014, albeit on the back of these alliances...The Congress’s overall average voteshare in 2014 was 19 per cent, down to 18 per cent now...

Increasing voter disenchantment with the national parties carries through state and national elections. The question then is not one of Congess-mukt Bharat or BJP-mukt Bharat but an Alliance Bharat."


Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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