If one looks closely at the slogan, coined by Narendra Modi during the 2014 general polls, Congress Mukt Bharat, emerges a different story.
The historic win for BJP in Assam comes along with defeat in other four states. While this was so, out of a total of 828 seats in five states, the Congress performed better than BJP.
However, the silver lining is that the BJP made inroads into Kerala.
The tally of Congress was 116, while BJP could garner only 66 seats. Barring Assam, where the saffron party did exceptionally well, it’s performance in other states remains poor despite its charged up campaign.
In Assam, Sarabanda Sonowal-led BJP was way ahead of the Congress when it came to a number of seats, but lagged behind the Congress in terms of vote share.
A look at the data says everything. More than 31 percent votes were polled in favour of the once grand old party while BJP secured only 29.5 percent of the vote. The defeat of the Congress in Assam was attributed to its reluctance to enter into a pre-poll alliance with All India United Democratic Front and other regional parties as pointed out by AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal and Nitish Kumar.
Citing the Congress win in Puducherry, Kumar said the slogan has no meaning until “the party is entirely wiped out…but it is still present in some state.” Sharad Yadav analysing the results said that BJP could be easily defeated in 2019 elections by forming an alliance of secular parties cutting across ideological differences.
With polls due in other states, a close analysis of the situation shows that though the Congress influence might be waning but the reality of the slogan, ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ is still far away from reality.