It is an undeniable fact that India makes up the maximum geographical part of South Asia. In such a country, elections are not mere processes of exercising democratic rights. The Maharashtra election 2019 concluded very recently, once again, it proved that India celebrates the elections with more pomp and gaiety than a marriage ceremony.
Why was the Maharashtra election important?
The Maharashtra election 2019, holds a special significance in the political ambiance of India. Analysts have come to an inference that these elections can serve as an acid test for issues that have been dominating national politics since Modi came into power for the second time.
- Devendra Fadnavis, the ruling chief minister of Maharashtra, is the first to take on the battleground after the Loksabha elections.
- The elections will represent the real picture of people’s acceptance of issues like Article 370 and triple talaq.
The ruling party in Maharashtra, holds 122 seats in Maharashtra, along with its ally Shiv Sena occupying 63 of the seats. The Maharashtra election exit poll favored the return of the ruling coalition, but some factors made BJP analyze the situations carefully.
The real battle
Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, was a surprise choice for the chief ministerial post when BJP came into power in the state. The BJP was alleged to have faith in the traditional caste wisdom, but they broke all stereotypes when they chose Fadnavis. He was considered by everyone, a “non-dominant political caste person.” He was thus a perfect unconventional choice for the post of the chief minister.
This assembly election was starkly different than the others as, since 2014, BJP has not been performing well in the states where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not a face. BJP lost Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan elections, with the local leadership not having a clear direction.
This is the first election after so many firsts
Just after Modi was re-elected for the second time, he kept up to his promise of implementing the promise of scrapping off the Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir will no more enjoy the special status it has been enjoying, under the Indian constitution. This decision was divisive, capable of creating a demarcation among public opinions. This was made an election issue in the Maharashtra election 2019.
Article 370 was also used to ignite the communal fire among the Hindus and the Muslims, with people from all over the world, flooding the social media with comments, for and against the implementation.
The elections in Maharashtra is also the first battle for power, since the passing of the Triple Talaq Law. The BJP never had any remarkable influence on the Muslim population. With Narendra Modi Ji becoming the prime minister of the country from Gujarat’s chief minister, people doubted BJP’s prominence in Muslim votes. After BJP championed the revocation of triple talaq among married Muslim couples, it was also declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The elections in Maharashtra were also held amidst the economic meltdown of our country. Almost every financial specialist is downgrading the current growth rate of India’s economy. Unemployment is at a high rate, and people’s earning has also gone down, as per certain experts. The manufacturing, as well as the agricultural industries, are also facing some sorts of crises.
The Maharashtra election date was announced by the Election Commission on 8th October. It took place in a single phase on October 21st. The Maharashtra election result was declared on October 24th, just three days later.
The state of Maharashtra has 288 seats, out of which 25 are meant for the Scheduled Tribes and 29 for the Scheduled Caste. Maharashtra has 8.9 crore voters.
Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019
The BJP and its alliance, the Shiv Sena, have emerged victorious in the election results declared on the 24th of October. Though the opposition, terms the results as a moral defeat for the party, the results proved the trust people still had on the coalition. The vote counting started at 8 am. The alliance very smoothly went past the halfway mark of 145 seats. The BJP was not able to form a government of its own. The BJP parliamentary board put the onus of all decisions on Amit Shah, the party chief, regarding the formation of the government. Devendra Fadnavis defeated his nearest competitor, Ashish Deshmukh, by an astounding 49, 344 votes from the Nagpur constituency.
Aditya Thackeray is the rising star, gaining prominence in these elections. He is the first from the Thackeray family to contest the elections since the foundation of the Shiv Sena dynasty was laid. A graduate of history and law, he emerged victorious in his very first political pursuit.
Maharashtra election 2019 marked the beginning of the second term of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government. Let’s hope for more promises to be fulfilled.