OBCs behind Congress’ victory

The Congress’ victories and Modi-Shah duo’s defeats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Assembly elections are being put under the microscope. Dalit voters, savarna voters and Rahul Gandhi’s soft Hindutva are being bandied about as possible reasons but no one is talking about the OBCs, who are the real force behind Congress’ triumphs. Arun Kumar’s analysis


The day, 11 December 2018, will always be remembered as one of the worst days for the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On this day, the results of the Assembly polls in five states were announced and the BJP had lost all of them. However, it is not the BJP’s failure to capture Telangana and Mizoram but its ouster from power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh that is being talked about. The BJP’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh is especially significant as it was ruling these states for the past 15 years. The party has been tom-tomming these states as models of development. In the 2014 General Elections, the Modi wave was at its strongest in the three states and the BJP won 62 of the 65 Parliament seats there. What then led to the BJP’s exit from power in all of them?

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