PM Narendra Modi has created history by becoming the first non-Congress Prime Minister to return to power after a full five-year term. This remarkable feat has been the result of corrupt free governance coupled with the spirit of nationalism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created history. The “TsuNaMo”, simply swept away the opposition. The BJP emerged not only as the single largest party but also a dominant force to reckon with by winning on its own a whopping 303 seats. First time in 48 years that an incumbent prime minister, heading a majority government, has been voted back with a thumping majority.
In 2014 when the BJP won 282 seats in the Lok Sabha, it was the first time in three decades that any party had acquired an absolute majority. After successfully completing a full term, to retain the power is something remarkable. In 2014 it was “NaMo Wave”. In 2019 it turned out to be “NaMo Tsunami”. More over this time a sense of nationalism prevailed across the country. The impact of the surgical strike and Balakot attack further helped the BJP to amplify the faith of the people in the leadership of Modi. The dynamism coupled with spirit of “Nation First” boosted the confidence people had on the Prime Minister Modi and it simply translated in to votes. In all BJP was able to override the casteism and the so called secularism under the broader umbrella called “Nationalism” and they continued to focus on the same throughout the campaign.
Right from the first day of campaign, The Modi-Shah juggernaut was immensely confident of retaining power. Modi even made it loud and clear in an interview that his government would return to power with a full majority and also said it would be as big a milestone in India's electoral history as his victory in 2014. Modi simply proved right.
Every leader worth his or her reputation hopes for a good show in an election. But, for an incumbent Prime Minister to make such an audacious statement calls for not only greater confidence, but also absolute faith in the works he has carried out in the last five years and of course, the ultimate pillar called “Democracy”. The unshakable faith that the people will vote for the uncorrupted government that is keen on building and protecting the nation, against all odds, has been restored in full. Soon after the signs of victory emerged and it became clear that the BJP was set to come back for another term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted expressed his gratitude to the people for giving his party a huge mandate and said it would, in turn, strengthen the BJP to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspiration. He tweeted: “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! .
Without an iota of doubt the resounding and historic win the BJP managed to achieve, his a testimony to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s astute leadership and party chief Amit Shah’s dynamism. It is a clear message that the new India filled with aspirations does not look forward to dynasts anymore and also they cannot rely on appeasement politics. Undoubtedly Modi has made huge imprints in the minds of millions of people. What the new India want is a leader with a clear vision who can take the country further in the path of absolute developments in all fronts. Ultimately it is the people’s chemistry with Narendra Modi that defeated the opposition’s alliance arithmetic.
Undoubtedly the popularity of Narendra Modi coupled with his clear vision on the nationalism helped BJP to tide over the coalition of contradictions. There are many firsts in BJP’s remarkable feat. Firstly, Narendra Modi will become the first non-Congress Prime Minister to return to power after a full five-year term. Secondly, the BJP will become the first party since Indira Gandhi’s Congress to return with a majority of its own. The victory is considered as a staggering achievement given the party had already set an almost impossibly high bar for itself in 2014.
In large parts of the country, the BJP’s opponents can no longer claim the BJP does not have the support of the majority — in a dozen big states, the party has received more than 50% of the vote. With almost 50% of votes in every state, the verdict proved that every second person has voted for BJP. Among the major states where it has a presence, the BJP has got more votes than in 2014 in Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.
Out of the 142 Lok Sabha seats that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned, the BJP notched up victories in 114 with up an impressive strike rate of 80 percent. Apart from the 142 public rallies, Modi held four road shows, with a third of his rallies conducted in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, where the party has seen unprecedented success. Modi held rallies in 16 seats, with his party winning in half of them, a strike rate of 50 per cent. Modi held 60 rallies in the Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, a region that the BJP has swept.
In Uttar Pradesh, the prime minister covered 30 Lok Sabha seats, of which his party won in 23 — a strike rate of 76 per cent. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won in all 11 Lok Sabha seats that Modi conducted rallies in at a strike rate of 100 per cent. The party repeated the feat in Bihar where Modi held nine rallies and the alliance won 38 out of the state’s 40 seats. This is a crushing blow from Lalu Prasad’s RJD, and its young leader Tejashwi Yadav. In Chhattisgarh, Modi conducted three rallies, of which his party won two at a strike rate of 66 per cent. Modi also held rallies in eight Lok Sabha seats of Odisha, of which the party won in five seats, a strike rate of 62.5 per cent. In Assam BJP won all the three seats where Modi campaigned. Also, in Maharashtra and Gujarat where Modi held rallies in 16 constituencies with the BJP and its allies won in all of them.
Despite a formidable alliance of caste arithmetic of SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, BJP won 60 seats, the most disappointing for the anti-BJP camp has so far been the performance of the Magagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh where the SP-BSP-RLD alliance was expected to give a tight fight to the BJP which won 71 of the 80 seats in 2014. Though the BJP had won 71 seats in the previous elections, considering what many opposition leaders predicted, BJP did remarkably well to silence the critics as the Magagathbandhan managed to get only 29 seats. Today, the BSP-SP grand alliance has been cut to size with the BJP crossing the 50 mark in Uttar Pradesh alone. Even after parachuting Priyanka Gandhi by making her the General secretary and campaign extensively in the state, Congress could not deliver and the results and came as a cropper. In a major embarrassment, the Congress failed to cash in on the advantage gained due to its victories in the crucial Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assembly elections held last year.
While the Modi wave helped the BJP cruise through the Hindi heartland and Gujarat, the saffron party also made significant gains in West Bengal and Odisha. The BJP has also made serious inroads into Bengal winning in 8 seats much to chagrin of Mamata Bannerjee and a whopping 18 in Odisha.
However, the story was different in South. Barring Karnataka, where the BJP won all the seven seats Modi campaigned in. But, the severe anti-Modi wave blocked the victory in Tamil Nadu and the BJP lost all the five seats it contested. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, however, Modi held five rallies in total in which the BJP and its allies lost four. The only win was an AIADMK victory in the Theni Lok Sabha constituency.
On the contrary, the Congress’ strategy to seize the narrative from the BJP came a cropper as it could only win 52 seats, a slight improvement from its 2014 tally of 44 seats. Although its party chief Rahul Gandhi won the Wayanad seat by a huge margin, he faced the biggest loss of the 2019 election by losing his Amethi seat to the BJP’s mercurial Smiriti Irani. The Congress was completely decimated as most of the prominent leaders including nine Chief Ministers have also lost. When the party formed the government six months ago in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the opposition raved it as the result of Rahul Gandhi’s dynamic leadership and warned it as precursor to the general elections Unfortunately, now the Congress was given a reality check in Hindi heartland states as it drew a blank in as many as 14 states and in 9 states, it managed to win only one seat. What happened to the leadership acumen of Rahul Gandhi? The only silver lining in the bleak scenario for Congress is that it fared better in Punjab and Kerala and also managed to increase it seats in Tamil Nadu.
But for the regional parties in the southern states, BJP would have easily crossed the 350 mark. The DMK, which is in alliance with the Congress in Tamil Nadu, has swept the polls state with a whopping tally of securing 37 seats, the YSRCP won in 22 seats in Andhra Pradesh and TRS won in 9 seats in Telangana.
Throughout the election campaign, the entire opposition ganged up to malign the very federal structure of the constitution by pointing fingers at various institution of repute such as the Supreme Court, Army, CBI and the EC. The valour and dedication shown by the Army in protecting the country was politicised. For the opposition the EVMs remained as an ideal tool on victory but faulty on defeat. The CBI was blamed as a puppet at the hands of the ruling BJP. There were several accusations on the judiciary as well for favouring the ruling dispensation.
Congress failed to address public issues. Instead of assuring people of bringing stability to the government, developing the infrastructure, creating jobs and improving the economy, the opposition focused only on sustained negative campaigns. People did not accept the excessive "negative campaign" against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it has really boomeranged on the Congress. Finally, the inefficiency of a dynast was thoroughly exposed. The fact remains that Congress has never allowed dissent voices to emerge. Any such statement will be considered undemocratic and labelled as anti Congress activity.
In this election the Congress was truly cornered and in the end Modi triumphed over the coalition of contradictions. Modi has won hearts and votes but the opposition is creates communalises the victory. The Congress that once boasted of strong leadership is now facing a drought of an astute leader who can pull voters.
The chemistry between Modi and Shah is remarkable. There exists a greater bonhomie and huge mutual respect between them.
People have put their faith on Modi. It is remarkable for an incumbent PM to brush all the allegations aside and emerge with a thumping majority.
The opposition is still under the shock of the unparalleled rise of Narendra Modi. But, Modi is here to stay as the most a popular leader of the new India. Clearly, the new India has chosen its path. But now, the onus is on Modi and the BJP to deliver more.
After the victory Modi, drawing an analogy from the epic battle Mahabharata, said, "Just like Lord Krishna said he was on the side of Hastinapur in Mahabharata, 130 crore Indians have said today, they are on the side of India."
Modi said that it was a long journey from “do (two parliaments) to dobara (second term),” Narendra Modi called it a “victory of democracy.” ” This is not the victory of Modi but the victory of citizens desperate for honesty in governance. People who have played in the name of caste for years have been given a strong response. Today, India has only two castes – those who are poor and those who want to eradicate poverty,” Modi added. Modi also assured that he would take the Opposition along. “We have to look ahead and take everybody along including our rivals. I will not do anything with ill-intentions. The spirit of our democracy and constitution gives us the responsibility to run country by taking everyone along”, bemoaned Modi.
In a jibe at BJP’s rivals, who are seen as the secular counter to the saffron party’s Hindutva agenda, Modi said people who used to proudly wear a “fake tag” of secularism did not talk about it at all. The results have “unmasked” the faces of political parties who wore the masks of secularism. All previous elections were fought on corruption issues. This was the first one in which any political party could not level even one charge of corruption,” Modi said.
Modi’s several welfare schemes are fundamentally based on model of populist development, Modi’s initiative to link Jan Dhan accounts, mobile numbers and Aadhar cards of Indians to directly transfer subsidies to intended beneficiaries and eliminate intermediaries is a master stroke that directly reached out to the masses and the poorest at the bottom of India's vast pyramid. It has unleashed a social equity revolution which increasingly liberated the rural people, especially woman in the villages across India. The bouquet of schemes such as -- Jan Dhan, Jan Arogya, Jan Ujjwala, Jan Mudra, Jan Uday, Jan Saubhagya, Awas and Ayushmaan – all have turned out to be success due to the unflawed delivery mechanism.
Besides, the policies and schemes also came out as a whiff of fresh air breaking away from the decade’s old policy of pandering to minorityism. The solid supports of Hindutva vote bank that are eternally pushed to the bottom, due to decades of minority appeasement have identified a true nationalist leader in Modi.
As the Hindu vote consolidated behind Modi, the people also refused to acknowledge Rahul Gandhi’s blatant Hindu push and extended temple run. People are not convinced about his claim to be a 'Janaudhari Shiv Bhakt' wearing his Dattatreya gothra on his sleeve. Such narratives not only backfired on him and exposed his double standards.This is a new India which has exposed the pseudo secular credentials of the opposition.
Truly, Modi’s victory has touched the hearts and minds of a wide and varied cross-section of people opposed to the idea of incessant appeasement of minorities. Besides, Modi’s connect with the aspirational youth of India has been phenomenal and they rallied behind him with lot of hope of developing a new India that can take on the world in all fronts.
As Narendra Modi assumes office as Prime Minister of India for a second term, he faces an uphill task. There are several challenges that need to be addressed with immediate effect, be it on the economic front, job creation, land and labour reforms etc.. The focus must be on having in place a good policy framework that can revive private investment to a great extent and also increase public investment to boost growth rate. With the unemployment rate touching a record high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, Modi government must address the rising unemployment problems and focus on the need for incentivising labour-intensive manufacturing to generate jobs for the youth. Modi government must initiate several measures and implement them.
As the people have voted for a stable government with a strong belief of fulfilling the aspirations and ambitions of the common people, Surely, Modi has a larger burden of responsibility a lot remains on Modi.2.0 to deliver. The next five years will determine to what extent Modi will steer India.