BJP has retained Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in the country with a slightly reduced majority but it is still a significant feat to retain the state. The state elections have two important lessons for TDP and YSR Congress.
In the Zilla Panchayat elections held in 2021, SP got 790 wards while BJP got 599. BSP got 354. The trend got reversed. SP is pushed to second place, Mayawati’s BSP is not in the picture and BJP emerged victoriously.
If YSR Congress is boasting its successes in local polls, there may be a surprise in store in the assembly elections. It is always good to remember that local polls do not necessarily indicate the mood of the public.
Lakhimpur Kheri of UP was in the news a few months ago after the son of a Minister deliberately tramped eight farmers using his car. BJP has won all eight assembly segments under Lakhimpur Kheri.
This is a classic example of the Opposition not working for itself and hoping that the public would vote for them on the basis of the misdeeds of the ruling party, local media says.
That is a very important message for TDP. It should hit the streets instead of resting all hopes on anti-incumbency. The success mantra for an Opposition is always anti-incumbency, hard work on the ground, and good electioneering.