Latin American Herald Tribune – Indias Ruling Party Loses Key Regional Elections in 5 States
Opposition Indian National Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, emerged the big winner in the elections, whose results were announced on Tuesday.
They won the key states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, traditional strongholds of the right-wing BJP party, while in Telangana and Mizoram, regional parties won.
After the end of vote counting on Tuesday, Congress remained at the brink of a simple majority in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, winning 114 of the 230 seats in the state Assembly.
The party was assured of support from two regional parties and 4 independent parliamentarians, which would allow it to form the government in the state.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Mayawati said they would support the Congress to oust the BJP from the state.
In Rajasthan, Congress won 99 of the 199 seats and party state chief Sachin Pilot said that they have the required numbers to govern the state.
In Chhattisgarh in eastern India, a state that has been a hotbed of Maoist insurgency over half a century now, and under BJP rule since 2003, the Congress won 68 of the 90 seats.
In the southern state of Telangana, ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi won 88 seats of the 119 in the Assembly, while in Mizoram in northeast India, the Mizo National Front emerged the winner, winning 23 of the total 40 seats.
This is the last major electoral battle in India before the general election in 2019 when Modi would be seeking a second term in office.