By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 09, Dec 2022, 18:22 pm IST | UPDATED: 09, Dec 2022, 18:24 pm IST
On the large issues of governance and ideology, people trust Modi and the BJP far more than any other party whatever their grievances may be about certain issues. We have seen that in many state polls, including in Uttar Pradesh, and now in Gujarat," a party leader said, blaming the Himachal loss on local factors like the Old Pension Scheme and "poor" ticket distribution. As the country approaches the next Lok Sabha polls, the larger national issues and the 'Modi factor' will matter more and more, he said.
The BJP's record-breaking win in Gujarat has come as a ringing endorsement for its narrative built around Hindutva, nationalism, development and Prime Minister Modi's enduring appeal but the AAP's noticeable show coupled with its loss of power in Himachal Pradesh to the Congress has also given the ruling party some food for fought as it gets ready for upcoming electoral challenges.
The BJP's sweeping win in the saffron bastion of Gujarat has also strengthened the impression that it faces no serious challenge to its bid for power in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. "There is no doubt that the BJP remains the most dominant party and will be very difficult to beat in 2024," Manindra Nath Thakur, who teaches political science in JNU, said.
However, the Congress' win in Himachal does show that the BJP is not invincible but it remains the party to beat, he added. The road to 2024 for its main rival Congress has gotten bumpier after having suffered its worst-ever defeat in Gujarat.
Though its win in Himachal Pradesh had given it a glimmer of hope, it not only faces a rampaging BJP but an ambitious AAP vying for the leadership of the Opposition in the run up to 2024 general elections. Political analysts believe the Gujarat debacle is bad news for the Congress not only in terms of the scale of loss but also in ceding space to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that could challenge the grand old party in other two-party states such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh which go to polls next year. Eventually, that could have implications for 2024.
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