Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Shivraj Chouhan steps down; decks cleared for Congress govt in Madhya Pradesh

Shivraj Chouhan steps down; decks cleared for Congress govt in Madhya Pradesh

The Congress party is all set to form governments in the states of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan after getting majority while it emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh.

In Rajasthan the Congress Party was headed for victory in 103 of the 190 seats contested, against 71 for the BJP.

Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi told reporters that the results were an outcome of the hard work put in by her son Rahul Gandhi who is the national president of the party. Meanwhile, the Congress party in the state is facing an internal conflict: If the party wins in the state, it will have to select a Chief Ministerial candidate from between political rivals Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

India's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP has accepted defeat in key state elections. However, the party remains in a neck-to-neck battle overall with the BJP, which has been ruling the state for the last 15 years.

In Mizoram, the MNF is in the lead, as predicted by exit polls.

With the BSP and SP pledging support to the Congress in MP, the developments have now paved the way for the formation of a Congress government in the State.

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The Congress party registered a massive comeback in the Hindi heartland after the assembly elections 2018.

In Rajasthan, the Congress received 39.3 per cent of the votes while the BJP got 38.8. The BJP has been in power in the state since 2003 and is seeking a fourth straight term. The SP, which is now promising support to the Congress, had also contested separately.

The party also performed poorly in the southern Indian state of Telangana and the north-east state of Mizoram, which also went to polls.

In their new book, Ideology and Identity, political scientists Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma from the University of California, argue that India "is no longer led by a Western-oriented elite and citizens have voted into power politicians closer to their roots, politicians who represent small-town socially conservative values, in the BJP or regional parties".

It's also the case, however, that in three of the five states, the BJP had been in power-and in India, incumbency confers no advantage. Some of India's important institutions like the federal investigation agency CBI and the central bank have been roiled by controversies, prompting many to believe that their independence has been eroded. What's more, the Indian National Congress party (known as Congress)-which had dominated politics for most of the country's history since independence in 1947-had a much-diminshed presence, with not even enough seats in the lower house to hold formal opposition status.

Analysts say a big loss for Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party would signify rural dismay and help unite the opposition, despite his high personal popularity in the face of criticism that he did not deliver on promises of jobs for young people and better conditions for farmers.

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