Election results in critical India’s north-eastern states threw some major surprise and shocks unlike ever before. CPM, the communist party ruling Tripura lost heavily to the alliance of the BJP and Indigenous Tribal party alliance – ending a 20 year rule. BJP which had never won a single seast got 35 seats and the alliance got 43 seats in a 60 member assembly, and the combined vote share was nearly 44% compared to 1-2% in the last elections. The CPM admits it was shocked as it did not see this shock defeat coming.
In Nagaland, despite the BJP being a junior member of the outgoing government, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) issued both written and oral appeals and warnings, made many false accusations at every chance they got to the christian majority people of both Nagaland and Meghalaya to not vote for any candidate who was in alliance with the BJP.
Despite so much public hatred and accusations, the BJP alliance seems to have campaigned on peace, progress, prosperity and development. Most importantly, the PEOPLE OF BOTH NAGALAND AND MEGHALAYA SAW THROUGH THIS PUBLIC HATRED AND ACCUSATIONS OF THE CHURCH BUT STILL VOTED FOR DEVELOPMENT programme of the NDA alliance and against the wishes of the Church diktat. The NDA alliance which includes the BJP will form government in both these states.
- 6 Mar 2018
As a strong message and lesson, the BJP “almost” lost the Goa state elections in a big way. The state unit of RSS under Subhash Velingkar was upset with the ruling BJP as they continued to provide state funding for christian church (minority) run English schools, but the state government refused to accord similar funding support to Marathi and Konkani run schools. How unfair? The Goa RSS unit, which was at the forefront of this fight to achieve equality across religions and religions could not get much headway from the BJP government, leading to the entire Goa RSS unit parting ways and forming their own political party – the Goa Suraksha Manch. The end result was the loss of more than a third of the MLA seats and losing a big chunk of the votes.
- 16 Mar 2017