30 September, 2020

The Foolproof Voter

Development, not sycophancy, determined the poll outcome

Illustration by Sorit
The Foolproof Voter

Despite apprehensions of a low voter turnout, the verdict of the national elections has made it clear that the discerning Indian voter is here to stay. And the underestimated voter is grinning ear to ear as media pundits and political leaders express amazement that across the country people have voted against the politics of division and for pro-poor development. If the pre-election advertising was anything to go by, it seemed the BJP had managed to corner every nook of cyber and mindspace while the Congress relied mainly on the public appearances of the Gandhi family. However, in the final analysis, the party agendas have made a greater impression on Indian voters than the method of their propagation.

The second surprise is the state-level verdicts. In Tamil Nadu, the DMK—an ally of the Congress—demolished predictions of political doom to emerge a clear winner. The most spectacular evidence of the people's verdict for development, however, comes from West Bengal and Bihar. In the former, the Trinamool Congress—also a Congress...



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