After India’s equivalent of mid-term elections, prospects dim for Congress and economic reform. But Indian democracy is in rude health
Voters, too, seem to like it. Turnout soared everywhere. In UP it rose from 46% in 2007 to around 60%. Elsewhere it reached 80%. An extra 24m people voted in the five states. That undercuts populist supporters of Anna Hazare, an anti-graft campaigner, who last year suggested that elected politicians are discredited in India. It is encouraging, too, that women are ever keener to take part: in all five states, female voters substantially outnumbered males.