In the first Assembly elections after the BJP’s triumph in the Lok Sabha polls in May, the saffron party’s electoral juggernaut met with some resistance in Maharashtra and Haryana with a resurgent Congress putting up a good show in the northern state. With the Congress managing to give the Bharatiya Janata Party a scare in Haryana and winning around the same number of seats as it did in 2014 in Maharashtra, these election results will come as a booster shot for the party. Had the BJP anticipated the results it would have had been different, but it’s more of an outcome of overconfidence which is worrisome.
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