Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

by Swarajya Staff - Jun 26, 2015 12:01 AM +05:30 IST
Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled his grand vision of Urbanisation. Three flagship programs that promise to transform India’s urban landscape have been envisaged  – Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) housing scheme, Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) urban renewal initiative.

Urban India overwhelmingly voted for the NDA in the 2014 Lok Sabha election as the Modi wave not only helped BJP regain its  traditional urban pocket-boroughs (lost to UPA in 2009) but also make new inroads. However the success of Modi’s ambitious programs depend on the effective delivery by state governments and municipal corporations.

Through the following 5 charts we try to find out the extent of BJP’s hold over Indian cities – at state and municipal levels. A very interesting picture emerges.

Chart 1 -India’s Largest Cities

Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

Chart 2 – Who Controls Urban India?

Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

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Chart 3 – How Parties Perform in Urban Assembly Segments

Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

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Chart 4 – Where are the Mayors from?

Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape

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Chart 5. Which state has most mayors?

Five Charts To Understand Urban India's Political Landscape
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