Bharatiya Janata Party won only four seats in the Haryana Assembly. Narendra Modi had not resurrected himself them. Caught in the cases related to the communal riots of 2002, Modi was not even on the national scene. The battle was between Om Prakash Chautala’s INLD and Bhoopinder Singh Hooda’s Congress. But five years is a long time. The situation totally changed in 2014 when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, after being given clean chit by SIT and Supreme Court. Om Prakash Chautala though was convicted in the Teachers’ recruitment scam and was sentenced 10 years in prison. This time, the first two results itself have gone to the BJP, reaching half the mark already. Some exit polls predict a majorit for BJP on its own. (Read: Maharashtra Exit Poll results Assembly Elections 2014)
Caste has always been a dominant factor in Haryana’s political scene. Chautalas, Bishnois and Hoodas always had their own following. BJP which has usually based its politics on communal lines has failed in Haryana. It has failed to reach double digits in any of the previous elections. But this time they had a trump card: Narendra Modi. (Read: Maharashtra, Haryana State Assembly Election Results 2014 Live news Update)
Modi and his ‘development’ propaganda has created a wave which is unparalleled in liberalised India. He has creatively and vociferously tapped in to the aspirations of youth and convinced people that he means development. Also, the marks of the Gujarat riots has made him and even the BJP cautious of commenting on caste. This has led to a focussed campaign based on development. The Haryana elections could be one of the final stamps of approval on the issue, especially considering that the state more often than not votes the most suitable caste and not the most suitable candidate. Crossing the majority mark on its own will only be the cherry on the top in the state of Haryana.