The results announced on March 11, 2017 sent out one message loud and clear. India does not have a leader that could take Prime Minister Narendra Modi head on any time soon. The logical corollary to this statement is that the Modi led BJP has also cemented its position as the single largest party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The second upshot is that BJP will be at the helm of affairs for another 7 years now.
On a lighter vein, messages doing rounds on social media say that the party is increasing its stranglehold at such a fast pace that it will be, in the near future, the leading political party in other countries as well.
BJP is all set to form the government in four of the five states in which elections were held recently. While the ruling party won overwhelmingly in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it has garnered enough support to form the government in Manipur and Goa.
The BJP has joined hands with local parties and independent candidates in Goa and has put forth the name of Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister. The claim to form the government is the result of a successful coup as Congress had won 17 seats in the 40-member state assembly. With an alliance on similar lines, BJP secured support of 32 MLAs in Manipur. The party is likely to decide the candidate for the post of Chief Minister on Monday.
Punjab is only state which will not fall under BJP’s domain as Congress has won an absolute majority and has toppled the BJP-SAD alliance overwhelmingly.