In a clear indication of the political mood of the world’s largest democracy, Indians have chosen right-wing Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the ‘secular’ Indian National Congress party.
The right-wing BJP is set to emerge as the single biggest party in three out of four states whose election results are being declared in gradual stages by the Election Commission of India as the counting of votes continues. Except, Chhattisgarh state, the BJP has emerged a clear winner in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Rajasthan.
The counting of votes in North-Eastern state of Mizoram will begin tomorrow on Monday, December 9.
Poll pandits say that the election results in five states are likely to impact the next year’s general election to be held in May 2014.
In Delhi, out of total 70 seats, BJP is leading with 25 seats followed by political debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 21 seats and three-time ruling Congress party occupies third spot with leads in merely 6 seats. Congress leader Ms. Sheila Dikshit, the chief minister of Delhi, trails by 10,000 votes to Arvind Kejriwal of AAP. Going by the emerging trends, Ms. Dikshit has already resigned as chief minister and sent her resignation to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.
The biggest surprise of Delhi election has been the debutant politician Arvind Kejriwal whose AAP was formed barely nine months ago as he challenged the right-wing opposition party BJP and the ruling Congress party which has retained Delhi for past three terms.
Kejriwal is former government bureaucrat (tax inspector) who rose to prominence in recent years for spread-heading anti-corruption campaign along with popular social crusader Anna Hazare demanding a strong anti-corruption legislation.
The chief minister Dikshit has conceded defeat. When asked by reporters whether Congress party has failed to gauge mood of the people in Delhi, she said, “Bewakoof hain na (we are idiots, right?)”.
Ms. Dikshit had recently described AAP as a “group of broom-wielding” men making fun of AAP whose election symbol is broom.
In central state of Madhya Pradesh (MP), the ruling BJP is set to retain power for the third time. Out of the total 230 seats, the right-wing party leads 129 seats followed by Congress with 56 seats.
Young Congress leader from MP Jyotiiraditya Scindia conceded defeat of his party and said he is very disappointed with results. He said MP chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan has triumphed dismissing the suggestion that Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi played any role in the right-wing party’s victory in MP.
In Chhattisgarh state, there is a neck to neck fight between the ruling BJP and the Congress. Out of the total 90 seats, BJP leads by 47 seats followed by 40 seats of Congress.
In the desert state of Rajasthan, the ruling Congress has been decimated by the BJP. Out of total 199 seats, BJP takes lead in 84 seats followed by Congress party which leads only in 20 seats as the counting of votes continues.
Vasundra Raje, BJP leader and former chief minister of the state, said that Narendra Modi factor has played an important role in BJP’s victory. She told reporters that people of Rajasthan were impressed by Modi’s development in the neighbouring state of Gujarat.
The complete result in four states will be declared by today evening as the counting of votes continues across four states.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 08 Aralık 2013, 11:51