A few years back, when PM Narendra Modi first remarked that one his primary aims were to make ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ most people simply laughed at him. Many of them reverted back saying a century old party cannot become a regional party or lose national status within a few years.
Interestingly, after the verdict of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat elections, the same thing cannot be said. For the first time in the history of independent India, a non-Congress Party is ruling 19 states. The credit of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah lies in the fact that not only they have successfully defended and also expanded the party’s base. Before 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, BJP was already in power in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, and Nagaland. Barring major defeats in Delhi, Punjab, and Bihar, the Modi juggernaut has been quite a surprise.
Anyhow, as Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has come into an alliance with NDA, BJP has literally managed the major states in India. Post-2014, NDA has come to power in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and few other states. In the next year, 7 states namely Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Mizoram will be having Assembly Elections.
Certainly, BJP will be looking forward to increasing the tally either on its own or with fruitful coalition via NDA. Interestingly, in West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu BJP have failed to make its mark. But the party can be assured of stronger party base which will surely pay dividends in near future.
Thus mathematically it is absolutely clear that popular mandate is definitely making a paradigm shift from Congress to BJP. Even in local elections too, Congress has lost its foothold and playing a weaker coalition dharma. No doubt, Congress President Rahul Gandhi faces an uphill task if he at all wants to revive the century-old party. The party is facing its biggest crisis right now and India is slowly shifting to a political domain without Congress.