The assembly election results carry two kinds of messages: one for the incumbent BJP governments in the states that people’s patience is wearing thin; more importantly, there is a national message, which has implications for both the ruling parties as well as the opposition at the Centre.
Having realised that the opposition parties have failed to provide the system of checks and balance that is essential for successful conduct of parliamentary democracy, people have taken upon themselves the role of true opposition. They have managed to create fear in the minds of the ruling parties, forcing them to be on their guard.
The absence of effective opposition had allowed the Modi government a free run to pursue its majoritarian agendas, without any counter-balance to question them. A consistent rate of attrition in the ranks of the opposition, partly due to electoral arithmetic and partly due to manipulations by the ruling establishment had removed the only resistance that the treasury benches had faced in the Rajya Sabha. This gave the government absolute freedom to introduce, change and abrogate any law at will.