Congress got the clear majority in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. They are just ahead in Madhya Pradesh but lost severely in Mizoram and Telangana. It is quite evident that Congress didn’t win but BJP lost. Here are some reasons for the downfall of BJP
Communal Hatred at its peak
People saw this coming when Yogi Adityanath became the ‘Face of BJP’ in Hindi – speaking states. He tried his best to polarize the vote bank (check these: http://mavericktimes.in/2018/12/06/yogis-renaming-spree-reaches-telagana-elections/
Yogi’s venomous speech, filled with Hindu-Muslim rift and Name-changing plans, were like gifts for Congress Party. People understood their motives and hence, they didn’t vote for BJP.
Farmers are the biggest vote bank. BJP leaders became quite when farmers protested. Not a single reaction came from the party. Not even a jumla. They even saw PM attending Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas wedding but couldn’t spare an hour for farmers. This gave a very solid shiver in the community and thus, they voted against BJP in order to teach them a lesson.
Statues over original issues
Building Statue of Unity and proposing other statues didn’t go well in the public. It was more of a wastage of money. This money could have been used for clearing farmers’ debt, funding Universities, building schools and colleges, building hospitals, etc. Besides, more statues are coming up. So, the defeat itself is a message that please stop wasting the money on something so silly.
Job Creation failure
No-one could deny this fact. The job creation is negligible. Unemployment at its worst. Besides, Government is not even trying to generate employment.
Trying to control Democratic Institutions
Mutiny by Supreme Court judges in the starting of the year painted a gloomy picture of BJP trying to control them. Later, CBI was compromised and now, RBI. Controlling is a trait of BJP. The nature of the country depends on the freedom of these institutions. People saw these incidents as the beginning of an autocratic rule. Thus, to prevent the juggernaut, people voted out BJP.
Let’s see if they learn from the mistakes and bounce back. They don’t have much time to waste as 2019 elections are round the corner. Introspect and act should be the only things in their mind.