fredag 11. mars 2022

Uttar Pradesh elections: What a historic poll win says about Modi's India

The fabled power of anti-incumbency was expected to pose a challenge to Narendra Modi's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the world's largest local election - 150 million voters spread over more than 400 seats - in India's northern Uttar Pradesh or UP state.

After all, no party had managed to retain its majority in the state's legislative assembly since 1985. The average tenure of a chief minister during a five-year-term in this politically volatile state has been two years and 19 days. No incumbent chief minister has ruled UP for two successive terms since 1947. Mr Modi's party and its current UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath have now bucked that trend.