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BJP Sweeps In All Four States, AAP Sets An Example In Delhi: All You Need To Know

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The widespread speculation and thrill in the whole country has finally come to an end in the semi-finals of impending general elections due in 2014. Four states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh went to polls in December and people came out in huge numbers to vote and delivered their verdict. We have analysed and summarized the results coming from all the four regions below, which bring home the people’s verdict:


The national capital has been Congress’ fortress for the past 15 years with Sheila Dikshit coming to power for three consecutive terms since 1998 but the common anti-incumbency trend brought them to a halt this time. The whole country has been fighting a slowing economy in the midst of scams coming one after another from UPA’s kitty and the emotion certainly reflected in the national capital. BJP has received a clear lead over the Congress but Aam Aadmi Party has stolen the show. It is a dream debut for a party that’s just over a year old to break BJP-INC deadlock in the state to secure the second highest seats for itself with the power of clean image and strong campaigning. Voters in Delhi turned out to vote in large numbers with almost 65% turnout recorded and voting had to be extended till 7 p.m. in many polling booths due to long queues of voters eager to deliver their mandate.

It is indeed refreshing and faith inducing to see people of the national capital making choices from their heads rather than sentiments. AAP’s climb speaks of the anger against corruption and lax governance and if the results are anything to go by then the future of Indian democracy is in much better hands i.e. the new generation of voters who don’t think twice before punishing a bad government and reward ground work more than just lip service.

Current results: BJP’s clean sweep has been stopped midway by the rise of AAP. The party has secured 33 seats with AAP coming to a close second place with 27 seats. The congress has come down to an all time low figure of 8 seats. 2 seats were secured by other candidates but the highlight is the defeat of Shiela Dikshit and the win of Arvind Kejriwal from the New Delhi seat.

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Madhya Pradesh:

The second largest state of India, Madhya Pradesh is home to one of the most crucial seats in the Lok Sabha and these elections are a projection of the trends for future government in power on the national stage. BJP already has had a large control over the state in the past term with able administration of Shivraj Singh Chauhan. He has been in power for the last two terms and now he is getting ready for a third term in office.

The major issue to see here is the effect the ‘Modi image’ that has worked to the disadvantage of Congress. Narendra Modi did spend a considerable time in the states campaigning for BJP and the results effectively echo public sentiment. BJP has only gotten stronger from the last elections and bagged more seats which display the anti-congress wave visible all around the country.

Elections in Madhya Pradesh have come a long way from being fought on trivial issues to more fundamental ones including development, inflation and citizen’s empowerment and the government has seemingly done a good job which the mandate has reflected as well. It’ll be interesting to see if the second largest state of India springs as a surprise front runner in the growth story with stable administration and empowered voters.

Current results: BJP has more than comfortably breezed to the majority mark securing 161 seats and there is a huge loss to the congress this time and it could only secure 61 seats. Other candidates also had a minimal participation and they bagged 8 seats.


The country’s heritage state full of forts and kings which once ruled over the whole country is one of the most interesting political battlefields in the country. Rajasthan has always been all about development and recovering from the previous changes in governance as the office has been shuffled from BJP to Congress time and again in every election.

People in Rajasthan this time have shown their will to change the incumbent government again and this has resulted in thunderous win for the BJP which was waiting for their turn in the opposition for five long years. It has been a game of musical chairs between incumbent Ashok Gehlot and Vasundhra Raje for the past 15 years where they ruled alternatively but no government could please voters enough to ask for a second team.

Since the BJP has made a victorious comeback to power this time in Rajasthan coupled with wins in other regions as well, they have a chance to make things better and turn the anti-incumbent sentiment into pro BJP once and for all while Congress seeks to remedy its follies and gets ready for the future which is still largely uncertain.

Current results: It is time for the BJP government here as well and Vasundhra Raje must be gearing up to enter office once again. BJP has reached the majority mark with 161 seats and Congress on the other hand could only manage 23 seats. Congress has suffered a massive blow in Rajasthan and it is a result of public dissent.


Chhattisgarh is one of the newest states in the country and has already been the centre of turmoil and political games after its separation from Madhya Pradesh. The state is 10th largest in the country and deals with a lot of problems including political ignorance, lack of strict governance and insurgency issues with Maoists. The state is relatively new and has had Raman Singh as its Chief Minister since 2007. He is gearing up for his third term as BJP is confident to emerge victorious but Congress is counting its blessings on the hope that people look vote on the issues of development and get it back to the power so that it can continue the plans which were left off in 2007 when Ajit Jogi went out of office.

The state recently got affected from the cyclone Phailin and the level of preparedness in the event of a disaster might have an impact on the way votes got swayed. The government displayed good efforts in minimizing the damage which is a good thing for the incumbent BJP government but the level of preparedness was minimal and Congress tried its best to capitalize on that.

The new government formation is on its way and if the results have any weightage then we can expect a close contest between both parties in the future as well because clean image coupled with tough governance is a difficult act to pull off and the magic of Raman Singh could fade away any moment or just last forever.

Current Results: This is a close finish in the state of Chhattisgarh because BJP and Congress were looking to be head to head since the counting began and the final numbers reflect the same. BJP has secured 45 seats and Congress could manage 43 seats.

*Numbers as at 5:00pm on 8th, December, 2013

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  1. balayogi

    The AAP phenomenon the positives and negatives
    The big positive of AAP is that it has given hope to middle class educated youth that they can take to politics also as a profession.

    If you just follow certain events there is a pattern to it. Only thing is we must discern that pattern.

    Leading a group of slogan shouting youth with justifiable angst is one thing forming part of a very visible end of the spectrum, which strives for an ideological identity after sometime especially more so if that angst has been against everything around, almost a sign of frustration fuelling the flames, which can get very good TRP rates and brownie points with the media but the other extreme side of the spectrum which is less visible, sometimes even murky, is that of getting into sincere politics which mainly involves governance , a very complicated one in the present day involving reasonable adjustments and give and take here and there sometimes even big compromises in the overall long term interests of the institution, in this context it is the state or union government you are likely to rule or be part of the governing process.

    For this you need a much matured, not emotionally charged, team with not only knowledge and urge to do things but also some amount of experienced persons in the team as well.

    You can be propelled to prominence or power through emotionally charged single issue/agenda but that won’t sustain you and gradually you tend to get by carried away by the attention and popularity and that to sustain that power you end up resorting to all sorts of tricks much worse than those that you criticized and attacked before.

    V.P. Singh was propelled by only one agenda, Anti-Bofors, anti Rajiv sentiments, he capitalized on that and was propelled to power, in his case he already had experience, knowledge etc but once that interest in Anti-Bofors faded to retain power he injected Mandal commission and ended up very vague not knowing what he was doing and ultimately totally moved away from politics and history will never forgive him for introducing an unwarranted reservation just to capture votes.

    Best way to fight corruption is to fight it in the courts through proper litigation. Lokpal bill implementation cannot be the only agenda, though an important one, that too, in the form and scope in which Anna Hazare wants it, is pure impractical and irrational idealism.

    Coming to another issue, morally and ethically, Anna Hazare was consciously sincere but was gradually led to be confused starting from the first day of his agitation when he had the back drop of Bharath Matha’s picture then was made to switch over to Gandhi’s picture, a preferred brand by the left infested media. He never wanted a political party. In a way Arvind Kejeriwal high jacked the movement to his advantageand capitalized the anti congress votes as in Tamil Nadu E.V.R and Rajaji both had anti congress views, E.V.R started the anti Brahmin or Dravidian movement and which was high jacked by DMK and both the DK that E.V.R started and the Jansangh that Rajaji aligned with faded behind the screens.

    Irrespective of whichever profession you take up especially out of your own interest and hope that you can do something in that profession, you don’t start off by blaming everyone else in that profession as ineffective, useless, corrupt etc.

    How can AAP you make sweeping general statements about other big parties as if real politics is like the antics of film scripted heroes punch dialogues or pet slogans on certain issues. How can you blindly sweep under the carpet many good schemes done and introduced by leaders like P.V.Narasimha Rao of congress in the interest of economic development or vajpayee’s infrastructural developments, recently Modi’s great works of economic development in all domains of the state, or Taron Gogoi of Assam managing a state which was almost under the clutches of secessionist outfits.

    So this AAP seems more like a bunch of half baked, Indian brand of Marxist leftist propaganda mechanism which unfortunately has many friends in the media and have lost even in the only state where they [ I mean CPM] ruled and that is the state with the least development. Hope you understand that. what is welcome is educated sincere youth, out side the dynasties, jumping into the political arena with good intention but that must not be anchored on a single agenda of only criticizing blindly all other political outfits as if AAP is the only do all and worthy all party ever to have emerged. They are just another political party with no ideological identity or idea about governance whatsoever.

    I have read a story where a rich very old couples resort to abusing all those around out of frustration and also out of arrogance of their wealth, then a clever driver of the couple not only takes possession of the vehicle which he was driving for the couple for more than a decade but also takes every other servant or worker in the house and they all end up fighting over the wealth.

    All these are the result of a Prime Minister who does not know who runs the government whether Ahamed Patel , or Sharad Pawar, or P. Chidambaram or Kapil Sibal or Sekar Gupta or NAC or Farook Abdulla or Karunanidhi at least he must know who runs the government when he knows he is not running it. This idiot Manmohan Singh is worse than a drunken dad to a family at least he will be aware what is his family when he is sober.

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