A poll win needn’t mean approval of a government’s performance4 min read 18 May 2022, 10:10 PM IST
A recent Lokniti-CSDS survey indicates that a party can retain power even if economic conditions are seen as unsatisfactory
The winning of an election by the incumbent government is often seen as an endorsement of the work done by it. Any unease among people over various issues of governance tends to go unnoticed when a government gets re-elected. In the past, too, governments have got re-elected when they performed well and have been thrown out of power when they did badly. Government performance on economic issues has been critical to getting re-elected or defeated. But assembly elections conducted earlier this year in five Indian states indicate different patterns. Despite people’s critical views on price rise and unemployment, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments retained power in all the four states under its rule. These verdicts point to a new trend in Indian electoral politics: poll victory should not always be interpreted as an endorsement of the work done by the incumbent administration.