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5 State Election results: What do they mean for India

What do the trends indicate in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry? And what do these trends mean? Let's have a look. 
 
WEST BENGAL

 
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) victory in the electoral battle against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is an indication that the saffron party can be defeated with clear strategy and good ground work.
 
What this means: A third straight term for Banerjee’s TMC and bragging rights in the battleground state. The BJP’s “Look-east” policy is still a challenge for the saffron party. And, it still struggles to sell anything beyond Modi’s image. For now, Bengal has taken over the mighty BJP and paved the way for the rest of the states to beat Lotus. 
  
TAMIL NADU

 
The DMK and its allies, including the Congress, are ahead in over 150 seats, while the ruling AIADMK is up close to 80 seats in the Tamil Nadu election results. 
 
What this means: The DMK’s return to power after a decade and Stalin is reportedly becoming the chief minister for the first time. The results will put an end to the debate on who sits on the throne for the next five years and also determine the shape of Dravidian politics in the absence of the charismatic J. Jayalalithaa of the ruling AIADMK and the colossus M Karunanidhi of the DMK. 
 
Meanwhile, AIADMK’s fall in vote share also is predicted due to its alliance with the BJP. What this reflects is that the Tamilians have shown that a communal party like the BJP will be reduced to dust if it comes up with a divisive narrative. 
 
KERALA

 
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Left alliance has routed the saffron party from the state, with not even a single seat for the BJP. 
 
What this means: Vijayan remains a popular figure despite debates over anti-incumbency. His government’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak during its initial days and management of the floods have earned him praise. A win would also boost the Left as Kerala is the only state where the communists hold power. Meanwhile, this is another southern state that has shown the door to the BJP. 
 
ASSAM
 
The BJP’s alliance has been retained here while its current CM continues in his second term. 
 
What this means: The BJP, under the leadership of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, is headed for a second straight term in power. It also means the party managed to successfully navigate the tricky corridors of identity politics. A stance against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which triggered protests in the state, was a major pillar of the campaign being run by the opposition Congress-led alliance. An indication of this is that the BJP was successful in its strategy to counter that narrative.
 
PUDUCHERRY
 
In one of the firsts, BJP’s alliance with the local party has won the UT, surprising the nation. 
 
What this means: This could be a way for BJP to gain inroads in Tamil Nadu and try its luck slowly rather than rising rapidly and falling hard. 

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