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New Delhi: The election results on Thursday gave a historic win to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a clear victory in the state of Assam. In West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, Trinamool Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), respectively, beat anti-incumbency to form government for a second time, while in Kerala the Left secured a clear victory. The Congress Alliance in Puducherry is set to form the government in the Union Territory. A wrap of Mint’s election coverage.

Saffron spreads, Congress shrinks

The biggest takeaway from the outcome of the just-concluded round of assembly polls is not the ability of two regional satraps, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and J. Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, to fend off anti-incumbency (the former in style and the latter after a minor scare), neither was it the ability of the Left to fashion a win in Kerala. Instead it is the audacious win scripted by the BJP in Assam and its very impressive showing in Kerala and West Bengal (not in terms of seats as much as vote share). Read more

How the electorate voted

A look at the 15 voting patterns that decided the contests in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Read more

Assam results: BJP scripts history, sets sights on north-east

The BJP created history in Assam on Thursday, ending the Congress’s 15-year rule with a decisive mandate that vaulted it to power in the state for the first time. The victory in Assam also means the BJP will get to play a decisive role in the politics of the tumultuous northeastern region, where it has until now been a marginal political force. Read more

Narendra Modi silences critics

Two trends are evident from the election. The Congress today is a vanquished house and the party’s pitiable state can be gauged from the fact that its leaders rushed to congratulate vice-president Rahul Gandhi when it won five wards in Delhi’s municipal by-elections. On the other hand, the popularity of Modi remains high and the series of measures his government has taken for public welfare are beginning to bear fruit. Read more

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah strengthen their position

BJP’s rise in new regions, along with the steady weakening of the Congress, will impact national politics. Senior leaders of the party said that the win in Assam and the good show in West Bengal will strengthen the position of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, who was blamed for last year’s losses. Read more

West Bengal results: TMC triumph decimates Left, Congress

Mamata Banerjee fought the election on her own, confident in the belief that after five years in power she knew what West Bengal’s voters wanted. On Thursday, she was proved right, recording her biggest electoral victory in four decades as a politician. With a substantial gain in vote share in the 2016 assembly election, the chief minister of West Bengal has established that her politics of redistribution and largesse give her an unassailable strength, with which she can overcome even her own party’s shortcomings. Read more

Tamil Nadu results: Jayalalithaa breaks the re-election jinx

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa has created history—returning to office for a second consecutive term in a state where such a feat has not been achieved in nearly three decades. Since the 1989 assembly election, the state has routinely seen Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK and its principal opponent, the M. Karunanidhi-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), alternating as the ruling and opposition parties. Read more

Kerala results: LDF engineers a revival, BJP marks its presence

The Left Democratic Front (LDF), the coalition of Left-wing parties led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, on Thursday won a decisive mandate in Kerala, unseating the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). The LDF won 90 seats in the 16 May election, just two short of a two-thirds majority in the 140-member assembly and way above the 47 won by the UDF. Read more

Losing streak puts the spotlight on Congress dynasty

The rout suffered by the Congress party on Thursday in the assembly elections has put the focus back on the party leadership—its president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. After its historic defeat in the 2014 general election, Congress governments have been ousted from six states within just two years—five of them went to the BJP and its allies, signalling a clear shift in India’s polity. Read more

Congress faces formidable hurdles in regaining lost ground

May has again come to haunt the Congress. Two years ago, in this very month, it received a historical drubbing in the 16th Lok Sabha election; now, it is looking at a new all-time low. Read more

Why anti-incumbency took a bigger toll on Congress

Ever since the 2014 general election, the theme running across all assembly elections has been anti-incumbency. On Thursday, when the results of polls to four state legislatures and the Union Territory of Puducherry were announced, the trend was bucked by two politically crucial states—Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Read more

AIADMK, TMC victories underscore political significance of regional parties

Thursday’s election verdict that saw two regional parties beat anti-incumbency and return to power has underlined the power of such groups in the Indian polity. The weaker the Congress gets, the greater the room for regional parties to expand presence. Read more

Left routed in West Bengal, triumphant in Kerala

The assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala—states where the Left parties have traditionally been a key player—have yielded opposite results for the Left. In Kerala, the Left parties won a majority, grabbing 90 seats in the 140-member assembly, but in West Bengal, they have been pushed to the margins, winning only 33 seats in the 294-member assembly. Read more

The Left should be able to link ideology with social reality

The just-concluded assembly election in Kerala has proved to be a watershed in state politics. For one thing, the LDF has been able to vanquish its traditional rival, the UDF, by winning 90 seats, with the LDF’s main constituent—the CPM—getting a 26.5% vote share. Read more

For DMK, Tamil Nadu assembly elections results seen costly

For the DMK, the defeat in the Tamil Nadu assembly election could prove costly, with the AIADMK is set to retain power. According to analysts, the party, which is held together by the 92-year-old chief M. Karunanidhi, could split in the backdrop of infighting between his three children. Read more

Anti-incumbency propels Congress-DMK to power in Puducherry

The Congress-DMK alliance has secured a simple majority of 17 seats in the 30-member assembly. Read more

How big a role does populism play in polls?

The slew of freebies promised ahead of the polls by AIADMK may be a key reason for its victory in Tamil Nadu. Read more

Who said what after the assembly election results

While some leaders were jubilant about their party’s victory, others seemed visibly upset at their loss. Read more

The governance agenda

Mint draws on the electoral promises of the assembly election winners to chart the agenda ahead. Read more

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