Assembly election results clear message to Modi: Rahul

The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh for the past 15 years but now looks set to lose it. — File

The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh for the past 15 years but now looks set to lose it. — File

"This is a wake up call". The high octane elections in the state will come to a conclusion with the announcement of results today. Of the five states-Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram-the BJP was in power in the first three.

According to results announced by the Election Commission on Wednesday, the opposition Congress party was a clear victor in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat short of a majority in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Three other TV channels also said Congress was leading in the three states, with regional parties leading in two smaller states that also voted, Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) retained its hold over the state, widely defeating the opposition Congress. Notably, the BJP didn't just win 9 seats, it won them convincingly.

In the 90-seat assembly, the Congress, with 64 seats is way ahead of the 46 majority mark needed to form the government.

Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi told reporters that the results were an outcome of the hard work put in by her son Rahul Gandhi who is the national president of the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the opposition "for their victories", saying his party accepts "the people's mandate with humility".

Does this spell trouble for Modi? These elections will likely determine the fate of the BJP and Prime Minister Modi. In two out of these 10 seats, the alliance is leading and is placed second in two more, thereby eating into what proved to be a bastion for BJP in the last election. "The government is getting flak but Modi is not".

"That said, we maintain our view that the BJP will secure victory in the general election, which would allow PM Modi to get his reform agenda back on track after a lackluster 2018".

BJP Member of Parliament Sanjay Kakade was quoted by a news agency as saying that the party neglected development issues and paid the price.

It is possible that these Hindu militants were let loose with one of the BJP's chief propagandists, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanah, instigating them with his venomous Ali-Bajrang Bali communal polasization because the party had been sensing for quite some time - presumably after its setbacks in Karnataka - that it was losing ground.

"A disappointing set of state election results. suggests that the ruling national party has lost some goodwill", London-based economic research consultancy, Capital Economics, said in a note. Some of India's important institutions like the federal investigation agency CBI and the central bank have been roiled by controversies, prompting many to believe that their independence has been eroded.

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