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Gone are the days of packed campaign rallies of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Today’s politics is about who can spread their message better on WhatsApp and Facebook.
The Chief Minister said that he had initially termed 2017 polls as his last election, on the persuasion of his party colleagues, he changed his decision.
OBC representation, which rose significantly during the 1990s, has either plateaued or decreased in most north Indian states, including UP and Bihar.
One of the factors for BJP’s loss in Jharkhand was tribal vote but the party has fared no better in ST reserved seats across the 5 states that went to polls in the last year.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah by far remain the best election team any political party can hope for, but voting patterns have changed in India.
State battles are no substitute for taking on the Modi regime at the level of national politics.
With Article 370 and a near-dead opposition, the BJP should have won every single seat in both these states. What happened?
These elections are a test of ‘Modi’s Men’ Fadnavis & Khattar. And Amit Shah’s formidable BJP poll machine will have to ensure they win.
Counting of votes in both the states will be held on 24 October.
Whether Modi has created leaders—and not parasites thriving on his popularity—will be slightly clear after Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand polls.