24 November, 2020

OPINION | Abrogation Of Article 370 Will Influence State Elections This Time, It's Advantage BJP

Absence of a strong anti-BJP narrative will make the NDA favourite in the upcoming elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, writes political analyst Manisha Priyam

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OPINION | Abrogation Of Article 370 Will Influence State Elections This Time, It's Advantage BJP
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2019-09-23T13:33:22+05:30

Polling dates for assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand will be announced soon with some conjecture that Jharkhand may go for polls at a later date. In Jharkhand, considerations for left-wing extremist violence call for multi-stage elections. Altho­ugh­ coming soon after the Lok Sabha results, tilted singularly toward the BJP in each of these states, these elections call for a focus on specific state scenarios. Political pundits have long argued that the Indian electorate votes differently for state as compared to national elections; and that local issues matter more for the voter. The one sure conclusion in the run up to the elections is that state and national mandates may turn out to be the same directionally—i.e. advantage the BJP. Second, it may seem that political organisation and propaganda may matter more than issues. The one certain news is the continuing down-slide, lack of a poll plan, or indeed a strong poli­tical opposition from the Congress, and its alliance partners. Beyond few announcements for seat sharing, it is imperceptible...

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