The Congress party has emerged as the clear winner in the Karnataka Assembly election, with a lead in as many as 136 seats, effectively ousting the BJP from its only southern stronghold. In a concession speech, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai accepted responsibility for the BJP’s defeat. This major shift in power is thought to have been influenced by anti-incumbency sentiment and has given a significant boost to the morale of Congress leaders and workers in the run-up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Despite the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, why didn’t the ‘Modi factor’ turn around the results? And how did the caste factor influence the results? Why didn’t the SC and the ST vote in large numbers for the BJP? What are the big messages for the BJP, the Congress, and the other Opposition parties?
To analyse this, in this episode of Nothing But The Truth, Editorial Director (Publishing) Raj Chengappa is joined by ace psephologist Pradeep Gupta of Axis My India who predicted the outcome accurately.
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