In normal times, events unfolded on December 11 would have been called normal self-correction in a typical democratic set up. A competitive democracy underlines interminable incumbency. Indeed, in presidential systems, there are explicit term limits on executive power. A US President, for instance, can’t be in power for more than two terms. In parliamentary democracy, such as the one in India, there are no such term limits, but if the incumbent is good enough, a party can still hold on to power for more than two terms.
-Delhi from 1952-1971 (Congress),
-West Bengal from 1977 to 2011 (CPM),
-Gujarat from 1998 till now (BJP)
Naveen Patnaik: +15 years
Nitish Kumar: +15 years
Lalu/Rabri Devi: +10 years
Jayalalitha: +10 years
are shining instances.
For Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to give another-term to the BJP would have been truly unusual.