14 May, 2021

Victory & After

Mayawati has every right to accuse the BJP of tampering with the EVMs; after all, didn’t the BJP make similar accusations in 2009?

Victory & After

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, undoubtedly, is the man of the match and the series. But the massive victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand (which was earlier part of UP) is being read in many ways: as the final consecration of the Hindu vote, the result of polarisation of the electorate or tampering with the electronic voting machine. Is that all? Wasn’t the Hindu vote consecrated in 1991 during the height of the Ramjanmabhoomi campaign? Or even before, in the wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi? And polarisation, has there ever been an election in north India where there wasn’t an attempt to polarise the polity? And haven’t those offering security to Muslims benefited out of this polarisation?

I feel there were other factors at work. First of all, there was tremendous anger against the incumbent Samajwadi Party government, whose rule normally means Yadav rule over the countryside with no reins on the rural rowdies. But it was impossible to understand this sentiment because of an advertisement blitzkrieg unleashed by the Akhilesh Yadav government....

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