According to the New York Times, the BJP's victories in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and rajasthan extended its hold on a vital area ahead of national elections. The results dealt another setback to the "dwindling fortunes of the main opposition party, the indian national congress," according to the New York Times. According to political expert Arati Jerath, "This is the B.J.P.'s big advantage in 2024."
According to the New York Times, "Mr. Modi already has a big plan for further galvanizing his base of support: the january inauguration of a massive Hindu temple in Ayodhya, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh..." "Mr. Modi has a strong pull with voters across the country, projecting himself as an ambitious champion of development as well as Hindu interests." His administration has leveraged the wealth of India's top-heavy and uneven economy to fund well-targeted social packages, which are frequently distributed in his name. It was Mr. Modi's visage on the posters in states where local B.J.P. leaders were suffering in the polls; the giveaways for voters were touted as 'Modi's promise,'" it claimed.
According to Bloomberg, while the assembly elections are not a proxy for the general elections in 2024, the fact that the opposition lost pretty thoroughly may boost the ruling party and Modi ahead of the lok sabha elections. According to the article, rahul Gandhi's congress party attempted to emphasize concerns such as joblessness and caste prejudice in the expectation that they would resonate nationwide in a few months.
"Prime minister Modi remains exceptionally popular," according to Shumita Deveshwar, chief india economist at GlobalData.TS Lombard. "The mood of the nation lies in bringing him back to power for a third consecutive term," she stated, citing state surveys. A poor showing by the bjp may have given the opposition some impetus, but "the outcome now signals that Modi's return to power is unavoidable," according to Bloomberg.
According to Reuters, Modi remains popular after a decade in office, and polls indicate he will win again next year. However, a 28-party opposition alliance (INDIA) led by the congress has formed to combat the bjp collectively, creating a fresh challenge. However, due to internal disputes, the coalition did not participate in the state elections, which were a direct struggle between the bjp and the Congress.
According to AFP, the victory in the three states helped the bjp and Modi, who is already the frontrunner to win a third consecutive term in power next year. "The results are seen as yet another setback for the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion rahul Gandhi, 53, who led the opposition centre-left indian national congress party's aggressive and personal campaign directly targeting Modi," the report said.