Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced serious political problems on Sunday when his party, Bharatiya Janata, failed to win a seat in West Bengal, after violent elections were criticized for helping to end the second Covid-19 violence.
The reinstatement follows public outrage in Modi state care of the plague, on the day India recorded about 400,000 new infections on the second day in a row.
“I was beaten in front of the BJP,” said Gilles Verniers, a political scientist at Ashoka University. “The message is that Modi’s name itself is probably disappearing, and it is not enough to address the lack of good governance and authority. ”
Modi spoke at 20 political rallies to help BJP oust Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, led by the militants. Mamata Banerjee, who has previously served as national minister and is now the female prime minister of every Indian state.
Modi’s right-hand man, Minister of the Interior Amit Shah, spoke at more than 50 meetings and worked hard on the project.
Health experts have warned that if the conventions are overcrowded, they will not be able to cope with the effects of coronavirus.
But Modi did not pay much attention, celebrating the growth of the meetings despite the spread of disease. During the campaign, West Bengal’s daily statistics of new cases rose from about 250 a day in March to about 17,000 a day.
Through the government, health experts say broadcasting on TV at Modi meetings may have informed millions of Indians that the Covid-19 crash has passed and that they could return to pre-existing conditions.
Critics allege that Modi and Shah’s interest in the long-running work distracted them from responding to the growing problem, while sick Indians are struggling to find hospital beds and when the oxygen supply ran out.
Modi finally suspended public rallies in West Bengal on April 22, a day when India confirmed the new case had struck 350,000. But Vernier said the willingness to ignore health warnings to reveal “has exposed BJP’s view of power no matter what”.
“The BJP considered the elections as an end to them – to gain power to win, not as a means of control,” he said. “It was not a by-election held in a local branch. They see it as a national election. Modi made the competition on his own. ”
Sunday’s results in West Bengal, which showed that the TMC wants to win 213 of the 292 seats in the parliamentary session, should boost Banerjee’s reputation as a staunch supporter of India’s political opposition, even if the general election is not valid until 2024.
Banerjee – a well-known street fighter who favors white cotton uniforms – has written to 15 anti-apartheid leaders in March urging them to unite to defeat the BJP, accusing them of undermining democracy.
“They can be a combination of opponents,” Verniers said.
The four-week constitutional elections were not marred by the BJP, which continued to rule Assam, which took over divided dissidents.
But in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, regional parties affiliated with the BJP were defeated by their enemies. In Kerala, a Communist-led coalition, praised for fighting the coronavirus, was re-elected.