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The elections are a mismatch, a bit like an India versus Bangladesh cricket game, where more often than not there will be only one winner.
MNF, which had bagged 26 of the total 40 seats in the state in 2018, managed to secure just 10 seats this time
Despite the lack of a clear state leader, the BJP's focus on welfare and anti-corruption, along with PM Modi as the face, led to its unprecedented victory in Chhattisgarh, winning 54 seats. The party strategically announced candidates for weaker seats in advance and fielded senior leaders. They also targeted local issues and highlighted corruption allegations against the Congress. The BJP's shift in announcing welfare schemes in its manifesto also resonated with voters. Overall, the Congress was unable to offer anything substantial beyond welfare schemes.
There does seem to be merit in the argument that local anti-incumbency against MLAs played a bigger role in this year’s Rajasthan results
The BJP’s election machine remains efficient – and hungry – while the Congress fails to lead opposition challenge in Hindi heartland
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:16 PM IST