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General election 2019: A few takeaways from the results
As the counting was going on, it became pretty sure that the Narendra Modi-led NDA would get a huge majority whereas BJP too would get a majority on its own.

Proper analysis on what worked for the BJP-led NDA and what went wrong for the Congress-led UPA can only be done after the full result are out. For an experts' analysis numbers alone aren't enough. We require the vote share of parties as well as demographic inclinations towards parties and alliances. I would do a lot of analysis in subsequent articles to be published in this platform. However, some important takeaways can be listed at this point of time.

Coalition of parties with contradictory ideologies or vote banks never adds up! Earlier it was proved during the Congress-Left, Congress-TDP and Congress-SP coalition during Assembly elections of West Bengal, Telangana and UP respectively. The same is proved in this general election where the SP-BSP made an alliance having contradictory and inimical vote banks. I have repeated this in number of articles citing the mistakes of psephologists on their opinion polls.

Nowadays you can't just fool the public giving sops, just like Rs 72000 per year bribe wasn't credible. In any case, the promise of loan waiver in ten days couldn't be possible in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. Making a cabinet decision doesn't help and the procedure takes time. Further, the people are no more ready to be fooled through attractive SOPs. Narendra Modi proved that if hard decisions are taken in the interest of the people and the nation, despite lot of inconvenience, the people will appreciate. That's why demonetization and GST issues didn't help the opposition.

'Chowkidar Chor hai' slogan was very wrong on behalf of Congress especially without credible evidence. When the SC, CAG and others said that nothing wrong happened, then you shouldn't be blaming and ranting everywhere. In any case, the public is no more interested on blame games and rather seek to hear a credible narrative of a vision which was absent among the opposition.

Abusing institutions for just opposing the BJP doesn't convince the public. Opposition led by the Congress insulted and abused the SC, Indian Army, CAG, ECI, CBI and lot of other constitutional bodies. People are not fools.

You can't also suppress people through goons; Mamata Banerjee must understand that public mandate can't be obtained through inflicting fear, rigging, and booth capturing. The same is also applicable to N Chandrababu Naidu that you can't fool the people with straight cut politics that lacks merit. The Congress is still a villain for Andhra Pradesh. You just can't become part of the UPA by building a false narrative that the Congress will be back in power. That really damaged TDP's prospects.

Soft Hindutwa with secrete minority appeasement don't work. Mayawati and others should realize this. Performance as well as intent to perform is the key to succeed in Indian politics. Just ranting 'Modi Hatao' and promising moon to the public doesn't help.

Unholy alliances were also not accepted by the public. The Congress-JDS government in Karnataka wasn't able get the public mandate despite a pre-poll alliance. The former Prime Minister Devegowda's defeat proves it. Similarly, if you impose the leadership on a state, the people will never accept it. Gehelot and Kamal Nath were imposed on Rajasthan and MP respectively by the Congress high command instead of Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindhia. That was a great blunder because the Congress could have won more seats in these states.

Finally, 'blame EVM' doesn't work. The TDP blames EVM tampering on the BJP where as the YSRCP swept Andhra Pradesh. The Left blames EVMs where as the UDF swept Kerala. If there's any foul play, the people are quick to protest immediately. EVM is an excuse and whenever it's used it just display the lack of confidence of the particular party or alliance that cites the excuse.

If 'Modi' becomes the center of election campaign then the TINA (There is no alternative) factor start working. In this election entire opposition made Modi a factor. Everyday abusing him, insulting him did all the damages to them. In 2004 Congress led UPA never ever blamed Vajpayee rather campaigned silently against incumbent MPs and thus they got better result.

More importantly Indian public this time gave a message that dynastic politics is not acceptable as lot of sons/daughters of prominent leaders lost. People also rejected the caste-based politics as well as religion-based divide. That's a good sign. If opposition want to win elections, they have to follow positive politics with agenda for development and betterment of the nation. Individual bashing makes public to send such parties in to oblivion.

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