22 September, 2020

None Of The Above

The voter's shifting loyalties influenced many 'surprise' results

None Of The Above
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THREE Lok Sabha and 66 assembly seats may be a drop in the Indian electoral ocean, but the outcome of this fortnight’s byelections in 15 states provides further evidence of the poll-weary voter’s motto: let’s not put all eggs in one basket.

With Narasimha Rao courting Behram-pur, Nandyal plumped for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). And with Janata Dal (JD) strongman Biju Patnaik opting for Aksa, Cuttack voted Congress. But Gandhinagar stayed with the BJP despite Rajesh Khanna and Shankersinh Vaghela.

Nandyal was high on Chandrababu Naidu’s wish-list, and the TDP win with a majority akin to Rao’s five years ago was true to plan after the Congress had done its bit by propping up a rank outsider, former Union minister P.V. Rangaiah Naidu, in faction-ridden Rayalaseema.

But the joy in the TDP ranks at winning Nandyal, retaining seven of the 11 assembly seats, and wresting one from the Congress was shortlived, as news came in of Lakshmi Parvathi’s win at Pathapat-nam, where Naidu had tried everything at...

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