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Assembly polls 2018: Agrarian distress dents BJP vote share, Congress gains

In the Assembly election results 2018, the BJP seems to have suffered heavy losses in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, while it is a close call between it and Congress in Madhya Pradesh

Congress Party worker celebrate as initial trends show the party leading in the states Assembly elections, at Congress office, in New Delhi
Congress Party worker celebrate as initial trends show the party leading in the states Assembly elections, at Congress office, in New Delhi

The Narendra Modi government had in 2014 promised reforms. It had also committed to creating jobs and doubling farm incomes. However, the Modi government failed to walk its talk.  A jibe from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the last week of January 2015 that Modi’s was a ‘suit boot ki sarkar’ (a government of and for moneybags) — over the government’s land acquisition Bill — and a defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls in February 2015, made the Modi government take refuge in the comfort of plucking low-hanging fruits. It expended its ...