The Bharatiya Janata Party has won the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections very comfortably.
It has also been invited to form the government in Goa and in all likelihood, it will stake its claim to form the government in Manipur.
The BJP lost the Punjab assembly elections that it fought alongside its senior partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal, but it hasn’t been able to induce any sadness in the BJP camp.
With a brilliant shoreline of 4:1 in Narendra Modi’s favour, the legions of Modi admirers (me included) have started talking about what a cakewalk it will be for the prime minister to win the 2019 general election.
The phenomena that Modi has become, is acknowledged by one and all. P Chidambaram;, the former home/finance minister, tweeted a kind of jealous admiration for the PM: ‘@PChidambaram_IN: The victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have re-confirmed that Mr Narendra Modi is the most dominant political leader.’
Psephologist-turned-activist politician Yogendra Yadav tweeted his sense of fear at the BJP’s growing stature: ‘@_yogendraYadav: BJP now enjoys political hegemony. Brute state power, electoral dominance and popular legitimacy. Counter hegemony now needs fresh narrative.’
Rahul Gandhi too congratulated the prime minister in an open tweet that wasn’t addressed to the PM. But the PM’s media team tracked the tweet and thanked the Congress vice-president: ‘@OfficeOfRG: I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand.’
‘@NarendraModi: Thank you. Long live democracy!’