The New Indian Express 05 May, 2021 03:00 am

The subtext of the election verdict- The New Indian Express

The subtext of the election verdict- The New Indian Express
Though the encrypted political message in these results will be clearer only after a while, there are certain unmistakable moral lessons.

Share Via Email Published: 05th May 2021 07:30 AM  | Last Updated: 05th May 2021 07:30 AM |   A+ A  A- For representational purposes (Express Illustrations) The verdict of the elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry is a mixed bag of political messages that will be deciphered and analysed in detail in the next few weeks.While the incumbency factor led to the defeat of the AIADMK and the victory of DMK in Tamil Nadu, it helped the ruling Left Democratic Front to return to power with enhanced numerical strength.The decimation of the Congress and the rebuffing of the BJP in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and of course in Kerala have national ramifications.The same matrix can be applied to the poll outcome in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

In Tamil Nadu, it is the reassertion of Dravidian identity and honour that has manifested as the present verdict, notwithstanding the widespread impression about the unedifying record of the earlier DMK regime.The TMC-led government in West Bengal, despite the humongous threat from the BJP, has been able to negate the incumbency factor with remarkable agility and assertiveness.

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