The Hindu, December 20, 2017 The Narendra Modi government, which has made unprecedented gains in recent elections, is set to go into a state of hibernation after winning the Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat elections on Sunday.
The BJP, the countrys largest political party, won two of the five states by large margins.
It secured over 2,700 seats, winning more than 50% of the vote.
The party also won over 10% of seats in Punjab, which holds a large Muslim population, which means the party has a clear shot at becoming the country’s largest political force.
The government, however, has been facing a major crisis in its efforts to deal with the unrest following the riots in Gujarat in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had declared a state day to commemorate the riots and said it would implement the “one law for all” in the state.
The BJP’s victory in the states, which saw the BJP win two states, suggests the party is unlikely to take a hard line in the next state polls.
The party, which is now the biggest party in the Indian state, has also set its sights on the other big states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
A BJP-dominated alliance in Karnataka is expected to hold a coalition government for the next election.
In UP, the BJP won the first state election after the riots.
It also won the neighbouring state of West Bengal, which it has not held since the 1990s.
It was able to win nearly 10% in Uttar Pradesh.
However, the state has not been a haven for communal riots as it has a large Hindu population and many of the incidents have taken place in the Muslim-dominated areas of the state like Patna, Lucknow and other districts.
The riots in West Bengal triggered massive protests in that state.
While the BJP has been able to consolidate its position in the south-east and north-west of the country, the party faces a significant challenge in the north-east where it has struggled to win over a large section of voters.
Despite a number of elections in the northeast, including Uttar Pradesh’s, the Congress, which held power in the neighbouring states of Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand and Rajasthan for the past two decades, has yet to win an election in the region.