India: Ruling Party Suffers Setbacks in State Elections

Dec 11, 2018 | 22:06 GMT

The results of five Indian state elections indicate challenges for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it seeks to hold on to its majority in Parliament through national elections in 2019. In Rajasthan, a tradition of anti-incumbency helped propel the opposition Indian National Congress (INC) to victory over the BJP-led state government. Meanwhile, in Chhattisgarh, the INC ended 15 years of BJP rule. And while the results in Madhya Pradesh are currently too close to call, the latest figures show the INC taking 55 seats from the BJP's previously 165-seat bloc after capitalizing on the grievances of the state's nearly 10 million farmers. These three states are part of the so-called Hindi heartland, a belt of states stretching across northern India that is home to the core of the BJP's voter base....

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