Is Karnataka defeat a beginning for BJP?

The Bharatiya Janata Party is defeated in the by-elections in the neighbouring Karnataka State. The BJP had faced humiliating defeat in the by-elections to Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies, results of which were out on Tuesday. The BJP had won just Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency while the rest went to the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine.

While the Janata Dal (Secular) had won the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency and Ramanagar Assembly constituency, the Congress had won the Bellary  Lok Sabha and Jamakhandi Assembly constituencies. It was a crushing defeat for BJP in Bellary as the winner Congress scored close to 2.50 lakh votes majority this time.

There is the impact of the ruling party in the by-elections, as seen anywhere in the country. But, one wonders why the BJP had failed to win any by-election since 2014 after it had recorded unexpected victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

The non-BJP leaders call these by-polls as quarter-finals for the 2019 general elections for the BJP. There are Assembly elections in five States in December this year, which are seen as semi-finals. The non-BJP forces are looking at the defeat of the BJP dispensation at the national level, particularly the defeat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

The Congress is slowly setting the Opposition house in order and there is some considerable movement in the house with Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu walking into the Congress-led UPA to strengthen the anti-BJP alliance. The meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Rahul Gandhi had sent some positive waves across the country against the BJP and Narendra Modi.

The results of by-elections in Karnataka are seen on these lines and if this is to be believed, the defeat is certain for the BJP Interestingly, the positive image that Modi had received in the 2014 elections is now slowly getting eroded and there is equally strong negative image getting strengthened every passing day.

It looks near impossible for the BJP to win the next election on its own, unless there are some squabbles in the Congress-led Opposition.

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