India: The BJP show rolls on

Modi’s continuing electoral success is leaving his opponents with unpalatable choices, says Gareth Price

The World Today Published 1 April 2022 Updated 31 March 2022 3 minute READ

Dr Gareth Price

Former Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme

Anti-incumbency used to be a key theme of Indian politics. One party would fail to deliver, followed by another which would subsequently suffer the same fate at the polls. 

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have found a formula to circumvent this, winning four out of five state elections last month, including retaining power in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, which had not re-elected its state government for more than three decades.   

This success came despite an economic slowdown which predated the pandemic and was exacerbated by it – both unemployment and inflation are major concerns while India’s currency is at a record low. 

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