The Chief Justice of India, Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, recently emphasized the importance of dissent in a democracy, correlating it with a society's deliberation and resistance against servility. This reiteration of his stance, five years after his pertinent remarks in a court hearing, where he declared 'dissent is the safety valve of democracy', has stirred political discourse.
Political 'Guarantees' and Election Outcomes
The impact of political 'guarantees' on voter behavior, particularly among women, has been a notable element in recent Indian politics. The 'Modi ki Guarantee' campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was instrumental in its victory over Congress in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. These victories showcase the influence of the BJP's identity politics on voters and their acceptance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise of delivering on guarantees.
The Fallout of the Election Results
The election results have been a setback for Congress, particularly for Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who expected to counter the anti-incumbency trend with welfare schemes and social security measures. The BJP's victories reflect the electorate's preference for welfare schemes and the impact of Modi's guarantees. The results have underscored the BJP's dominance in the Hindi heartland, setting the stage for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Towards the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections
With the BJP's impressive performances in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, the template for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is now clearer. The party's dominance in the Hindi heartland, the influence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brand appeal, and the party's strong base have become evident. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked BJP workers, emphasizing the importance of stability and development, the stage is set for the road to the national polls in 2024.