Modi’s BJP Shores Up Its National Dominance With State Elections Sweep

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Yogi Adityanath during the latter’s swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state in Lucknow, India, March 25, 2022 (AP photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Yogi Adityanath during the latter’s swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state in Lucknow, India, March 25, 2022 (AP photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, put on an extraordinary performance in recent state elections, winning 4 out of the 5 states that went to the polls in February and March. Not only did the BJP manage to win reelection in the states of Goa and Uttarakhand, despite polls suggesting high levels of anti-incumbent sentiment, it also put on a commanding performance in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state with a population of over 200 million and nearly one-sixth of the country’s population. This allowed incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a hardline Hindu monk and BJP member, to become […]

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