Despite new gains, BJP juggernaut is stuttering
SummaryThe BJP added to its state count and seat count in Sunday’s election results. However, in the last three years, the number of states that it rules has dropped from 20 to 16, and its share of MLAs across India has fallen from 36% to 33%.
As the latest round of state elections wraps up, it can be said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gained—and it didn’t. It retained Assam, as it was expected to. It also made notional vote share gains in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The party added Puducherry to its kitty through an ally. However, in its ambitious project of a national footprint, this election is a setback, having failed to win its prized goal of West Bengal, which was key to furthering its ambitions.