The political winds have started blowing in a direction BJP would favor post the results of the assembly elections held in the five states.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar congratulated the BJP for its victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. At the same time he pointed out that those opposing the BJP failed to read the minds of the people.
“There was no need to oppose demonetization in such a strong manner,” Kumar said in his message adding, “A sense of satisfaction was generated in the minds of the poor when they saw that the rich had been hurt.”
Kumar said that unlike in Bihar there was no ‘grand alliance’ in Uttar Pradesh.
Acknowledging the fact that backward classes overwhelmingly supported the BJP, Kumar said, “The anti-BJP forces made no attempt to consolidate these classes.”
He also congratulated Congress for its win in Punjab and becoming the largest party in Manipur and Goa.
Kumar has been one of the only few anti-BJP leaders who praised the demonetization drive early on in November last year, when everyone else was busy criticizing it.
Hailing the drive as a “courageous step” Kumar had remarked that it will help curb black money. He had then also urged the Centre to take action against benami properties.
Kumar had at the time correctly read the impact of demonetization. He parted ways from the BJP after the party picked Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014. In 2015, Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) formed an alliance with the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and won the Bihar assembly elections defeating BJP.
But things have not gone very well for the so-called Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, especially because of differences over jailed former RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin.
The BJP has bagged two-third majority in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In Uttar Pradesh, BJP+ won 325 seats, while the Congress-Samajwadi party alliance got 54. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got 19 seats and the remaining 18 went to other parties.
In Uttarakhand the BJP won with a clear majority of 57 seats in the 70-member assembly.