With the results of the five states’ assembly results declared, BJP had a day to think over its faults. Congress took over the Rival BJP. In spite of 15 years in Madhya Pradesh, BJP had a tough fight and lost. This is also the ringing bell for the 2019 general elections and BJP must watch out for its disturbed winning spree.
What went wrong? Modi government showed this dream to the ‘youth’ about the bright future in 2014. However, after 4 years, the youth has not related itself to the policies and it seems to be a big failure which led to this defeat. Let’s tell you the possible reasons for this in the major states.
BJP’s Rajasthan ‘raj’ has not yielded the positive results for Vasundhara Raje and the defeat has made BJP think about the causes. BJP in 2014 promised a lot and the promise had a strong root in the jobs to come. Youth believed in the dream, but it seems the dream has not come true. What are the reasons against the BJP government’s loss? It was not only Anti-incumbency but much more than that.
Where are the jobs?
Recently Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) released its data about the unemployment, it revealed that youth (20-29 years) unemployment rate in Rajasthan has increased, one of the highest in the country, and has reached 55 percent. Even if you are a graduate in Rajasthan, the joblessness is raging at a whopping 21 percent. Among women, it is 53 percent. In such a scenario, what Vasundhra government promised was in contrast to what happened.
Vasundhara Raje behaves like a Maharani? We do not know about it but many believe that her being inaccessible did not go along well with the voters.
The killings of Pehlu Khan and Umair Khan in Alwar, Mohammad Afrazul in Rajasamand and Zafar Khan in Pratapgarh were linked to cow vigilantism. Rajasthan has about 88 percent Hindu voters and around 10 percent, Muslim voters. Was it a card played by BJP, but the youth rejected it?
Rural Wages Stagnant
According to the Labour Bureau, Between January 2015 and August 2018, wages of agricultural workers increased from Rs 278.67 per day to Rs 291.25 for men and from Rs 202.73 to Rs 254.00 per day for women. But the inflation rate itself is high which made the real wages to decline under the BJP rule in Rajasthan. This stagnation in agricultural wages is a key factor behind the anger among the vast number of agricultural workers in the state.
The pressing issues are of farmers and daily wage laborers in the state with severe agrarian distress. The backbone of the Indian economy- agriculture suffers, and the youth suffers too. What about the children from such families? Their education and jobs?
This election, farmers wanted “change”. Several farmers and laborers are unhappy with Raman Singh’s Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Congress accused Raman Singh of betraying Chhattisgarh’s farmers by not keeping his promise to provide a minimum support price of Rs 2,100 for paddy. “He promised Rs 2,100 and gave only Rs 1,750,” the Congress chief said. “This government can waive a debt of Rs 3,50,000 crore of 15 people but not of the farmers of Chhattisgarh and India. Is this right?”
Unemployment in Chhattisgarh is another issue with deep consequences. The youth want jobs and not the rhetorics.
BJP has ruled for 14 years in MP, in its 15th year, Shivraj Singh government has to answer many questions at the front it. According to some surveys, there have been more than 150 scams covering many ministries in the MP government in the past years. The biggest and the most infamous of these is the Vyapam (recruitment and admission) scam. Interestingly, Shivraj never tried to get out of the failure and amend things. It has resulted in the distress among the voters.
On the other hand, Congress’s Scindia enjoys a clean image, has the freshness of approach and youthful appearance, and is a good orator.
Mizoram and Telangana went to the local parties.
The Mizo National Front returned to power in Mizoram after 10 years, capturing 21 seats in the 40-member Assembly and inflicting a humiliating defeat on the Congress.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears set to retain power and form the next government in Telangana as results and trends in counting of votes show the party heading for a massive victory.
With these results, BJP needs to reconsider the approach. Also, the new government in power needs to understand the youth. Jobs, agriculture and accessibility are key factors. What do you think?