IN the just declared assembly elections results for four states and the Union territory of Puducherry, the ruling AIADMK of Tamil Nadu has been voted out due to varied factors. The result for the state is as expected. The AIADMK, which contested the election minus the leadership of charismatic J Jayalalithaa, can however console itself by emerging as the main opposition in the southern state as DMK supremo MK Stalin is set to form the new government. Tamil Nadu has once again sent out the signal that no other party except one of two Dravidian majors is acceptable to the people. In Assam, NDA has retained power for the second successive term due to able leadership and noteworthy performances by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Deputy CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and other leaders who have worked as a team defeating the anti-incumbency factor. Surprising spectacular victory has been achieved by the ruling TMC to form a government for the third term in succession by iconic veteran politician Mamata Banerjee. The success of incumbent India’s only lady Chief Minister is noteworthy as her government is being accused of maladministration and promoting corrupt practices by the main opposition BJP. She has emerged as the strategist par excellence. Trinamool Congress has reached beyond 200 figures after performing brilliantly. BJP, which had won three assembly seats in the 2016 assembly election struggled hard and positioned itself as the main opposition in the 294 member assembly, expanding its footprints across the strategist border state. Poor ticket distribution, dependence on TMC deserters & lack of local leadership robbed BJP victory in West Bengal as Prajnan Bhattacharya has said justly.
She has a herculean task ahead as the economic activities remain paralysed by the deadly Covid-19. Restoring semblance of health infra is perhaps among one of the major tasks besides honouring the poll commitments including job creation amid dwindling revenue. Switching of votes by Congress, Left forces and the minorities have undoubtedly benefited the TMC. Anyway, Didi’s emergence as the strongest satrap to challenge NDA led by Narendra Modi may galvanize those who are up to unseat him.