Thursday Thriller A Mixed Bag for BJP as Guj Lays Red Carpet, Hills Bid Adieu | Tracing Saffron Footprint

Thursday’s political thriller ended in a mixed bag for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the saffron party broke its own record in Gujarat but lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as the hill state increased its chances of voting out the incumbent. Upheld the ‘Rawaz’.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf, the BJP juggernaut continued unabated, crushing traditional rival Congress and throwing a spanner in the plans of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), looking to replace the grand old party in the state . The BJP not only broke its own record of 128 seats in Gujarat, but also surpassed Congress’s historic tally of 149 seats since 1985.

The mandate is not only a resounding yes for the ‘Lal of the Earth’ Modi, but also marks the return of disgruntled Patidars to the party after its failed alliance with the Congress.

Thursday’s results have also acted as a reality check for the party in Himachal Pradesh, where factors like anti-incumbency, inflation, unemployment and the old pension scheme (OPS) have worked in favor of the Congress.

This result has also changed the saffron footprint map of the country. In 2014, the BJP had control of only seven state assemblies. That was until the BJP rode the Modi wave, which took the party to an astonishing 21 by 2018. By mid-2018, the BJP had painted India The saffron is pushing back the Congress and many regional players.

However, the party also saw some ups and downs, losing strongholds such as Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Andhra Pradesh also slipped out of the hands of the BJP-led NDA as soon as alliance partner TDP snapped ties. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir lost out to President’s rule.

Though the BJP continued to make inroads in smaller states, it suffered some major setbacks. After all, it was not until a carefully engineered coup in Maharashtra that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government wrested the state from power, ousting the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition. As soon as Eknath Shinde became the chief minister, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis agreed to the role of his deputy.

Along the way, the BJP has also lost allies like Janata Dal (United), Shiromani Akali Dal and PDP.

However, not one to rest on its laurels or cry over spilled milk, the saffron party has already geared up for the 2024 general elections. With PM Modi as its face, the BJP is once again confident of sailing with a margin that can make its opponents gasp for much-needed relief.

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