BJP's Surge in Kerala: A Paradigm Shift in Southern Politics

The BJP's significant gains in Kerala, particularly its win in Thrissur and an increased vote share in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, signal a major shift in the state's political landscape. Analysts attribute this transformation to the BJP's pluralistic approach, which has attracted votes from minority Christians and OBCs.

PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: 06-06-2024 12:05 IST | Created: 06-06-2024 12:05 IST
BJP's Surge in Kerala: A Paradigm Shift in Southern Politics
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In a striking development, the BJP's performance in Kerala during the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, including a notable victory in Thrissur, has captured the attention of political analysts. The party's vote share surged from 15% in 2019 to nearly 20% in multiple constituencies, suggesting a substantial political realignment in the southern state.

Besides Suresh Gopi's win in Thrissur, the BJP-led NDA made considerable strides in Attingal and Alappuzha, traditionally strongholds of the Left. Experts point to the BJP's 'subaltern Hindutva' strategy, which has resonated in Kerala much like it did in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

Noted psephologists argue that this shift marks the evolution of Kerala's political arena from a bipolar contest to a tripolar one, with a significant sway in minority Christian and OBC votes towards the BJP. The party's attempts to sideline its religious chauvinism and adopt a more inclusive approach have evidently borne fruit.

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