5 major takeaways from Maharashtra elections

Undoubtedly BJP had its own share of political space in the state ever since it's existence. However, it is also the fact that BJP needed the support of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray to extend its wing. This was the thing of past, the entire political dynamics in Maharashtra changed after Narendra Modi's arrival in 2014. So, let's have a look at 5 major takeaways from the ongoing elections.

5 major takeaways from Maharashtra elections 5 major takeaways from Maharashtra elections Source : Press

April 29 was the day when Maharashtra voted in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha. This was also the last phase for Maharashtra. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections changed the entire scenario with BJP bec0ming the major power force. What was more interesting is the way it outsmarted regional parties like Shiv Sena and MNS. 

 
Undoubtedly BJP had its own share of political space in the state ever since it's existence. However, it is also the fact that BJP needed the support of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray to extend its wing.

This was the thing of past, the entire political dynamics in Maharashtra changed after Narendra Modi's arrival in 2014. So, let's have a look at 5 major takeaways from the ongoing elections.

Strategically using Modi wave


Bhartiya Janata Party very smartly spread its wing to strongholds of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party using 2014's Modi wave. Looking back at the history of Maharashtra politics it has always been dominated by the Marathas and social elites of Western Maharashtra. Naturally, it became important for the Modi government to create a desolation for NCP and Congress.

Angst among Dalit-Muslim voters

There is not even an iota of doubt that there is a lot of discontent and anger among Muslims and Dalits against the ruling government. But, Congress also failed to make use of their discontent and anger. However, Prakash Ambedkar cashed on this opportunity proving to be a major threat for NCP and the Congress, especially in the Marathwada.

Much to our surprise, in the Vidarbha, where BJP-Sena alliance had an easy win in the Assembly elections, the Congress candidates have managed to pull off a decent fight. This could result in a formidable threat to the BJP's chances of getting maximum seats in the area. Farmers distress is another major issue combined with the zero hope in the earlier and present government.

Rural distress

India's rural distress is getting bad to worse. The biggest litmus test for BJP was in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh where the party has to suffer loss majorly owing to rural distress. Realizing it to be a herculean task PM Modi found it easy in Vidarbha to boast about Balakot air strikes than talk about his work for farmers in the region.

Urban voters

It will be not wrong to say that urban voters have long forgotten how ‘ acche din' looks like- despite saying that it is also true that the same section of the society has a soft corner for PM Narendra Modi. 

This comes from the belief that even though the demonetization and GST failed to achieve its desired goals, the government tried to tackle corruption issues. This means that the Congress is now left with appealing lower middle class.

Assembly elections in Maharashtra

If the NCP-Congress alliance manages to get more than 10 seats as compared to the total of 6 seats 2014 election, it will come as a piece bad news for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance for the upcoming Assembly elections.



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