Making sense of Verdict 2016

It was a day of electoral firsts as the results of the Assembly elections in four States and one Union Territory came in on Thursday — Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa returned to power, breaking a pattern of alternation that had held since 1989; the BJP is set to form its first government in the north-east by winning Assam and has opened its account in Kerala; Mamata Banerjee beat the combined might of the Congress and the Left Front to win West Bengal again; the Congress lost all the polls it contested, except in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

>AIADMK, Trinamool win; Cong. routed in Kerala, Assam

For the Left Front, the solace of sweeping the polls in Kerala was overshadowed by the fact that it was pushed to the third place in West Bengal.

Assembly Elections 2016: Analyses

  • » >It is too early to call 2019

    Just how well Modi fares nationally could depend on voter satisfaction and emergence of a credible opposition that can tap the counter-narrative.

  • » >The Jayalalithaa strategy

    Ms. Jayalalithaa knit together a strategy that involved making sure that the party’s potent ‘Two Leaves’ symbol is featured on every ballot machine in all 234 constituencies.

  • » >An air of inevitability

    Every victory has many fathers, but the genesis of the BJP’s historic march to power in Dispur for the first time can be traced back to a very recent past, two years and four days ago to be precise

  • » >Editorial: The meaning of victory and defeat

    The Congress, the only party with a realistic chance of being part of a winning coalition in all the five elections, won only one, the least important politically, the Union Territory of Puducherry.

  • » >Amit Shah looks forward to 2019

    “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Kamrup, the BJP has arrived as a pan-Indian party,” said Amit Shah, uncharacteristically wreathed in smiles after the party posted a historic win in Assam, and made inroads in Kerala.

  • » >Mamata’s political capital on a high

    "In 2004, I was the lone MP for my party but I never compromised. If you compromise your ideology, you lose everything. If your character is lost, everything is lost,” said the Trinamool chief.

>Of Joy, despair and resignation

Unlike the DMK, whose office brimmed with supporters even after the party’s loss was evident, the BJP and DMDK headquarters looked desolate.

>Decoding Didi's popularity

Ms. Banerjee has always been far more popular than the cohorts of street warriors she leads, even as complaints floated about her partymen spreading terror in the districts.

>Riding on anti-incumbency

The minority vote and corruption charges against the Oommen Chandy government helped in the LDF’s resounding victory.


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