NEW DELHI || Despite the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress crushing the opposition and Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK proving exit polls wrong by retaining power in assembly elections, the biggest popularity test after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP increased its footprint cross the south, even storming in the state of Assam.
The Congress was the worst hit in the five-state election, losing power both in Assam, which it had ruled for 15 long years, and Kerala, where it was confident of winning its second term. The Congress-DMK alliance was, however, ahead of the ruling All India N.R. Congress in Puducherry.
The Bharatiya Janata Party also made history in Kerala where its veteran O. Rajagopal, 86, was elected from Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram. He will be the first ever BJP member in the Kerala assembly.