BJP’s ‘missed call’ members decide to give party a miss in Tamil Nadu


Amidst the celebration over Assam, poll pundits have chosen to ignore that the results of the just concluded assembly elections in five states didn’t augur as well for the BJP as the allegedly orchestrated narrative in TV studios implied.


As reported by on Thursday, the saffron party had only managed to win 64 seats out of 794 seats spread across five states in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry.

In Tamil Nadu in particular, the BJP, which last year had claimed that its party membership had touched 50 lakh, faced a complete rout.

The party, which had claimed to achieve a record membership through its ‘missed call’ drive, polled less than 12 lakh votes altogether.

In simple math, this constitutes less than 25 percent of the membership figures the BJP had claimed.

This despite a relentless campaign by several Union Ministers and campaigning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The only solace, according to a report in The Hindu, was its performance in its traditional stronghold of Kanniyakumari, where the party came second in four constituencies, pushing AIADMK to the third spot.

The saffron party’s overall vote share was at 2.9 percent.

Among the losers was also the BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan, who lost in Virugambakkam.

Explaining why ‘missed call’ members had given party a miss, Soundararajan said that many of the 50 lakh members have still not been totally absorbed into the organisation.


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