As the results of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducerry came in, it was clear that Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa will retain being chief ministers in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively. Kerala has gone with Left this time as is the tradition, while Assam has chosen BJP after three terms of Tarun Gogoi. Puducherry seems set to see a new chief minister, and is the only hope for Congress this time.
Interestingly, BJP is making inroads into both Kerala and Bengal. The big takeways will be BJP’s performance in West Bengal and Kerala as well as the return of AGP in Assam. The Congress however is at an all time historic low.
“We will win 2019 Lok Sabha polls” asserted BJP President Amit Shah after the win.
He said that “In Kerala, BJP’s vote share has increased from 6 to nearly 15%. In Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, we have maintained our vote share”
The anti-incumbency factor, which is a nightmare for most political parties in the saddle, has been on the decline at the state level– a trend that is considered very positive by development economists since it allows political leaders to look at long term development measures rather than to focus on single term policies and populist measures. Going by the trends in the state election results on Thursday, two regional party women chief ministers in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have successfully bucked the anti-incumbency trend while two incumbent chief ministers have perished: the Congress and its allies have not been able to retain power in Kerala or Assam although the Congress was in power in Assam for 15 years.
“I am forever indebted to the people of Tamil Nadu” said Jayalalitha on her win while Mamata Banerjee thanked people of West Bengal for her win.