Chouhan out of step.

Five reasons that may explain BJP’s staggering win in Madhya Pradesh

Till 6 months ago, anger against Chauhan govt was visible on ground

Prashun Bhaumik | New Delhi | 4 December, 2023 | 06:00 PM

The Bharatiya Janata Party recorded a landslide victory in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, going well past the half-way mark in the 230-seat house. As of Sunday night at 11 pm, it had won 48.56% of the votes – eight percentage points more than the Congress – and was leading in 163 seats. The Congress was reduced to 66 seats. The result was stunning not least because the Congress was believed to have an edge, given the high anti-incumbency against the four-term Shivraj Singh Chauhan government. Till about six months ago, the anger and disaffection against the BJP was visible on the ground. Voters complained of inflation, unemployment and were vocal about the need for a change. What may have changed in the succeeding months?