The ruling Hindu nationalist “Bharatiya Janata” party in India headed by Narendra Modi was defeated in local elections that took place in 5 states, most notably West Bengal, and this comes amid a tidal wave of Corona virus ravaging the country.
The elections were held in the states of West Bengal (East), Assam (Northeast), Tamil Nadu (Southeast), Kerala (Southwest), and the Pondicherry Region (Southeast).
After a great mobilization in these elections, which began on March 27 and invited 175 million to participate in them, Modi’s party failed to seize control of the states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, in exchange for retaining power in Assam, and expected its arrival to power in the Pondicherry region through a coalition. With other parties.
In East Bengal, which has a population of 90 million people, and witnessed a competition described as fierce and marred by violence, the results announced yesterday, Sunday, showed that Mamata Banerjee, 66, leader of the Trimanol Congress party, won a third term, and her party won 200 of the total seats in the local parliament. Its 294 seats, compared to 80 for the BJP.
‘Win saved India’
As her supporters took to the streets to celebrate the victory, Banerjee gave a speech in which she said her party’s victory had “saved humanity and the Indian people”.
On the other hand, Modi posted a tweet yesterday evening, Sunday, on Twitter, in which he congratulated Banerjee, and promised to provide support to the local authorities in East Bengal to meet the aspirations of its residents, and to help fight the Corona epidemic.
The Indian prime minister participated in his party’s election campaign in East Bengal state, through rallies in which hundreds of thousands participated.
According to the results announced by the Indian Election Commission, a left-wing coalition retained power in Kerala after its victory over the Congress party led by Sonia Gandhi, whose results were modest in these local elections.
In Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin brought his Dravida Munitra Kazagam back into power after defeating the ruling coalition, which is considered nationally a partner to Modi’s party. Advertising
The Associated Press said that despite experiencing setbacks before and after the recent local elections, the Indian prime minister is not facing a threat that prevents him from completing his current term until 2024.
Modi was criticized for focusing on the elections rather than on combating the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
His government is accused of being relaxed in the face of the outbreak of the Corona virus, especially by allowing huge election rallies and religious celebrations in which millions of Indians participated, which led to record numbers of infections and deaths worldwide, as the country recently recorded more than 400,000 infections, and about 4 Thousands of deaths in one day.