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BJP’s conquest of India’s Northeast

The BJP has annexed the country’s northeast as well. Its trouncing of the long-entrenched CPI(M) in Tripura is, indeed, the most remarkable feat of the recent elections.
Among northeastern states, Assam and Tripura stand out for being insular to the general tendency for governments of the region to be aligned with the ruling party at the Centre. Tripura also stands out for being able to maintain law and order without the help of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act since 2015, as political management, rather than the use of force, had proved sufficient to produce and maintain amity among Hindu, Muslim, Bengali, immigrant and local tribal populations.
In Nagaland, BJP’s emergence as the force that will form the government is in line with the region’s centripetal attraction to New Delhi. The same factor is likely to help the party form the government in Meghalaya as well, where it has got just two seats on its own, but the Congress has fallen well short of a majority.
The Congress has been wiped out in Tripura, as it had been in Bengal. The BJP has emerged as the number two in Bengal, pushing the Left to the third place.
Going by the by-election result in Orissa, there, too, the BJP has emerged as the challenger to Naveen Patnaik, displacing the Congress. But it would be a mistake to read into the northeastern election results a foregone verdict in favour of the BJP in 2019.
Elections to Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan during 2018 will reflect the electoral mood better. However, that the rout of the Congress in three of these very assembly elections in 2003 did not prevent the formation of a Congress-led UPA government in 2004 testifies to the glorious uncertainties of Indian politics.
The Left has to do some soul-searching — even if its theoreticians will deride the concept of the soul. Salvation in some distant post-revolutionary utopia is not what the people want. They want the jobs and material progress globalised, capitalist growth delivers, apart from deliverance from the combination of patronage and intimidation Left politics stood for in the east.

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