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Local versus ‘National’ Issues

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019

The results of the Maharashtra state assembly elections held in October 2019 were assumed to be a foregone conclusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party–Shiv Sena ruling alliance set to sweep the polls. However, the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar won a large haul of seats and its ally Congress too improved upon its previous tally. The run-up to the polls as well as the immediate aftermath has been anything but smooth between and for the BJP–Shiv Sena alliance.

Like in John Godfrey Saxe’s poem, the outcomes of the assembly elections in Maharashtra do not lend themselves to simple explanations. Even the most seasoned political pundits and analysts were left surprised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena securing an almost pyrrhic victory in a battle, which was dominated by many undercurrents that were competing with each other.

The BJP may have emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats, down from 122 in 2014, but is a depleted force belying the confidence of most of its party leaders.

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Updated On : 8th Nov, 2019
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