THE EIGHTH COLUMN

Tamils — contrarian, rebellious and standing alone

Across India, the BJP has retained its strongholds and expanded into areas it was not strong, barring say Jammu & Kashmir. But Tamil Nadu is a holdout. The BJP lost the lone seat it had won contesting as part of a smaller alliance in 2014. The campaign was explicitly conducted by the AIADMK-BJP-led alliance as a mandate for Modi. From the chief minister to local BJP candidates, everyone projected the election as a vote for Modi. Just as in other states, the BJP tried to foreground the central welfare schemes such as Mudra loans. Yet, the combine lost. The DMK-Congress-led alliance swept the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. Click to read more.