oppn parties Bypoll Results: Creases Deepen For Modi-Shah

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  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
Even after indicating that the trust vote will be held today (he said he cannot delay as he had to face the world), the Karnataka Speaker adjourns the assembly until Monday. Voting is likely to take place on Monday
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Bypoll Results: Creases Deepen For Modi-Shah

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The bypoll results have been a huge setback for the NDA, more specifically for the BJP. It has just managed to retain the Palghar LS seat in Maharashtra in a one-to-one fight with ally-turned-foe Shiv Sena. The bad news is that vote share is also falling. The other bad news is that since allies like JD(U) in Bihar are also losing seats, they are blaming the BJP for the reversals. Is anti-incumbency setting in? Is the Modi magic waning? Has the opposition found the right index of unity to beat the BJP?

The loss in Kairana in UP was particularly devastating for the party since it was twice in quick succession that the opposition used a formula to put it across the BJP. It seems Amit Shah has no answer to the coming together of regional forces such as SP, BSP and RLD. The matter was made more difficult because the Jats deserted the party due to the party’s indifference to distressed sugarcane farmers. Muslims plus Dalits plus Jats dealt a body blow to the BJP that even consolidation of Hindu votes could not counter and overcome.

In the rest of the country, the Congress won in some places while regional forces such as JMM in Jharkhand, NCP in Maharashtra and RJD in Bihar turned the table on BJP. The writing seems to be on the wall. What the BJP is doing, like revival of the economy as manifested in rising GDP numbers and DBT, may be topics of hot discussion in acadamia. But the common man is not concerned with all this. He sees hatred and intolerance, distressed farmers and jobless youth and his anger reflects in bypoll results. The BJP has a herculean task ahead of it if it wishes to retain power in 2019. It seems that contrary to the party’s views, this time Modi and his jumlas might not be enough to breast the tape.