12/13/2018 4:20:59 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
(Graphics: Courtesy The Indian Express)
Less than half the Indian population of 1.3 billion live in states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following its string of reverses in recent assembly elections. The majority lived in BJP-ruled states before the elections, according to the Indian Express.
More than 10 per cent of the population slipped out of the BJP's grasp when it was ousted from power in all the three Hindi heartland states -- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh -- that went to the polls recently, the newspaper reports.
The Hindu nationalist party and its allies still hold sway over 16 states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – with a total population of more than 591 million.
Besides winning the elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the Congress also holds power in two other states – Karnataka and Punjab-- and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The five states and one Union Territory now held by the Congress and its allies have a total population of more than 256 million.
The Congress lost power in Mizoram, however, its last bastion in the northeast, where the Mizo National Front won the assembly election. Telangana, the fifth and only southern state that went to the polls, rejected both the Congress and the BJP, returning the Telangana Rashtra Samithi to power with an even bigger majority than in the last assembly election in 2014. Among other Indian states ruled neither by the BJP nor the Congress are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, all in the south, Orissa and West Bengal, both in the east, and Jammu and Kashmir, currently under Governor’s rule.