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Lok Sabha election results: Why is it a win-win for BJP, Congress and their allies | India News

NEW DELHI: Those active in stock market understand how failure to meet expectations can be disastrous despite good results. We got a glimpse of that today also as Sensex tanked over 4,000 points on failed expectations and investors lost lakhs of crores. Well, that perhaps explains the political mood after the 2024 Lok Sabha election results sprang some surprises. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has been voted back for a historic third term.But the overriding feeling in the ruling camp is of defeat. On the other hand, the INDIA bloc is way behind the half-way mark of 272 and yet the feeling in the opposition camp is of victory.
Why are BJP supporters subdued despite NDA‘s third consecutive win?
Well, this feeling of despondency has a lot to do with BJP’s stupendous performance in the last two elections and the resultant expectations the supporters had from the party. In 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won simple majority on its own winning 288 and 303 seats respectively. Its dependence on allies in the last ten years was a mere formality. But that has now changed. The BJP is now dependent on its allies to form NDA 3.0 and will now have to take them along in the process of decision making.
It all started with Prime Minister’s ambitious poll pitch of “abki baar 400 paar” which set the bar very high for the BJP. The idea perhaps was to mobilise BJP voters and party cadres for another big performance. All along the campaign, the BJP leaders reinforced the theme of “400-paar” raising the expectations of party’s supporters. Then came the exit polls. Almost all the pollsters predicted a massive BJP win and at least three of them claimed that PM Modi‘s 400-paar pitch would turn into a reality on June 4 when the votes are counted. This rising crescendo led to very high expectations from the saffron party – which was shattered to some extent by the results today.

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However, PM Modi in his victory speech tried to boost the morale of workers and supporters by calling today’s victory a historic feat. He mocked the INDIA bloc for failing to come even close to the BJP numbers despite all of them uniting together.
And while the BJP gears up for NDA 3.0, it is a reality that the saffron party will have to depend on new allies TDP and JD(U) to form and sustain the new government.
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But why is the opposition celebrating?
Now, coming to the opposition camp. The INDIA bloc score is at 232. This is 40 less than the half-way mark of 272. But the spirit in the opposition camp is high. The opposition alliance was almost written off by many, thanks to the many contradictions within. The bickerings and ideological differences between disparate parties that surfaced from time to time added to the negative perception of the alliance. To sum it up, INDIA bloc was seen as an opportunistic alliance which had come together just for power.
The exit poll results added to the feeling of failure with only one pollster giving the opposition alliance an outside chance of 200 seats. All others had predicted only around 150 seats for the alliance. The INDIA bloc leaders had rejected the exit polls and had exuded confidence of a good show. But, given the past track record, there were no takers for their claims. So, when the results trickled in today, there was a lot to cheer in the opposition camp. For once their performance had improved. The Congress made surprising gains almost doubling its tally from 2019. The Samajwadi Party emerged as the biggest winner handing over a shock defeat to the BJP in its bastion of Uttar Pradesh. Mamata Banerjee surprised the BJP regaining the ground she had lost in 2019. Clearly, there were several positives for the opposition to feel upbeat. And that explains why they were feeling upbeat even in their defeat.
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