So long, 2017: The biggest twists and turns in Indian politics this year

Illustration by Siddhant Gupta.

From suspected cow vigilantes killing an innocent man in Rajasthan to dramatic twists in Tamil Nadu politics to the high-decibel Gujarat polls, 2017 was an eventful year.

February-March

Punjab, Uttarakhand, UP, Goa and Manipur go to polls; Congress wins in Punjab while the BJP forms governments in the rest. In UP, BJP came to power winning more than 300 of 403 seats.

April

Muslim man Pehlu Khan killed by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar, adding fuel to ongoing protests against beef ban and excesses committed by fringe groups under BJP government.

Many citizens and celebrities join hands and protest in support of the campaign ‘Not in My Name’ against mob lynching in New Delhi, India| photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

July

Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind becomes the 14th President of India.

Ramnath Kovind | Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

August

– Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 13th Vice-President of India.

– The grand opposition alliance in Bihar suffers a big jolt as Nitish Kumar breaks away and forms government with BJP support.

– Warring factions of AIADMK led E.K. Pananiswami and O. Panneerselvam join hands in Tamil Nadu.

The newly sworn in ministers of the government stand with the Prime Minister, President and Vice President
The President Ram Nath Kovind, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the newly inducted Ministers.

September

– Congress claims Rahul Gandhi’s US visit, during which he spoke at UC Berkley and Princeton University, a big success. He is expected to make a similar tour of the Middle-East.

October

The EVM tampering issue which queered the pitch during Punjab assembly election is back again, in the run-up to the Gujarat polls.

November-December

– Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president, becomes the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the party.

Rahul Gandhi kissing Sonia Gandhi
Newly elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi greets his mother and predecessor Sonia Gandhi after her speech during the elevation ceremony in New Delhi | PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

– BJP wins both in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls; Congress makes significant improvement, bagging 80 out of 182 seats in Modi’s home state.

Jignesh Mevani greets people during his election campaign in Vadgam, India
Jignesh Mevani made history by winning a seat as an independent candidate from Vadgam in the Gujarat elections | Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

1 COMMENT

  1. Introduction of GST is one of the greatest political move in India. This shown some negative reviews for BJP in election but finally they manage to majority to form the government. It is good for long time.

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