For the sixth time, the saffron party BJP has won their shining reigns in Gujarat; and why not – after all, it is the home of lets-call-him ‘the’ Narendra Modi, it is a saffron land, it is BJP’s state. The people of Gujarat have made their decision: BJP has won and it is set to rule over the state for next five years, after 22 years. Intriguingly, the winner has won – but there’s more to it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has crossed the 92-seat benchmark in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 and the home state has once again, chosen the party that is led by ’56-inch chested’ man. The winners have won, and they are celebrating, but they are still shaken – because they won but the loser hasn’t lost either. The victory is courteously clear, but it is still constricted, because the opposition – for the first time in 22 years, have managed to give a tough fight to BJP in their bastion. The Congress hasn’t managed thrown BJP out of Gujarat’s office, but it has at least thrown out the fear and kicked in the sense of independence of voting, from the front door, into the face.
BJP’s victory in Gujarat was pre-known, it was formidable – an easy guess. Because Gujarat is Modi’s state, Modi is Modi and he is the Prime Minister too, Gujarat is Amit Shah’s state, and he is the president of the ruling party which at the core of India. Gujarat is ruled by BJP since over two decades, and they know how to rule it. It is common human tendency that has kicked in – what tendency? Continuity is safer, change is risky. It is tough, very tough to develop trust, but it is very easy to manipulate, aggravate and multiply mistrust. It is tough to remove prejudice, but it is easy to perpetuate it. It is tough to get over fear, but it is easy, a thousand times easy to deepen it. It was hopeless to oppose the saffron in Gujarat, and it was equally thankless, yet a tough battle was nothing short of an achievement, at least for starters.
What exactly helped BJP in regaining power? Well first, the ever-present Modi woo. And then there is the way most voters behave in the super-lonely electoral booth. There are generically four stages of voters being upset with any electoral candidate. Stage one is when the voter is upset, but will still vote for the same candidate. Second is that voter is upset and may consider options, but will still vote the same person. Third, the voter is upset and decides to stay at home or vote NOTA. Fourth, the voter is upset and will vote against the candidate, no matter who the alternative is. For BJP this time, the voters were upset, and mostly to the second, third and fourth stage – but it was the Modi woo, that kicked in, once again.
However, a tough battle from the united opposition, the JHA (Jignesh-Hardik-Alpesh) alliance and Rahul Gandhi’s rising influence, even in Gujarat – is a step towards the strongly developing opposition. For any individual, organisation or government – it is always good to have a strong opposition; because one gives their best when they are to face the best competitor, the best opposition. Who won, who lost Gujarat is a secondary matter now. The important fact to nurture here is that with a tiny victory margin for BJP, the state has spoken up. Giving Congress more seats will compel BJP to do better for the people in their upcoming tenure. It will prove as a warning, leading towards betterment of Gujarat. And it is the biggest kind of victory in any democracy, it is the victory of the people of Gujarat.