The Indian citizens have shown what they want by giving more than expected seats for Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The voting pattern that has revealed through the results of the long-drawn elections held for the 17th Lok Sabha proved it. The voters gave a clear message of what they want despite efforts by Congress and other opposition parties to dislodge Narendra Modi. Surely more commoners, a middle-class wanting corruption-free administration, seekers of transparent government, discerning Indian people of nationalism, and defenders of Indian security, than the so-called elite society have voted for the BJP and its allies. They have all proved that only a clear majority for Narendra Modi would give them a sense of national security – a dominant theme during the long drawn out campaigning by the BJP.
Winning the confidence of the Indian voters and making many progressive poll assurances apart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president Amit Shah have registered a thumping landslide victory in the elections all across India, with the exception of Andhra Pradesh, where YSR Congress Party did a complete sweep. Even here, the people of the state have expressed their disappointment against the outgoing Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who had dreamed of ousting Narendra Modi and BJP by creating alliances of some sort. With an one-point agenda of dethroning Narendra Modi, Chandrababu Naidu created an anti-Modi group called Mahagathbandhan, with the support of his political friends — West Bengal Chief Minister and chief of Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee; former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and president of the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav; and another former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party Mayawati. Former Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir and chairman of National Conference Farooq Abdullah also extended his support in their campaign. Today they are all a disappointed lot and, as contrary to their dream, Narendra Modi’s party on its own won 303 seats and as a group of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) won 353, a number that has never been achieved by any ruling party or a coalition in the recent history. After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third Prime Minister of the country, who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha.
The most disappointed politician is Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress Party, who led a vociferous campaign against Narendra Modi. His political strategy that included allegations of corruption against the BJP and subsidies (at the least in theory) for the poor have led to the fall of the Congress Party’s image and credibility. He lost his own seat in Amethi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, while he was able to win from Wayanad in Kerala, a state whose politics are dominated by Congress and Communist Parties (BJP doesn’t have enough supporters in the state to make a difference). Rahul’s inclusion of his sister Priyanka Gandhi and chairman of Overseas Congress Party Sam Pitroda in the Congress campaign has not made any dent in the victory of Narendra Modi.
Rahul’s act of calling Narendra Modi as ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ seems to have only helped Modi to be identified by the common men as he is one with them. While Rahul Gandhi’s charges that Narendra Modi’s action of demonetizing Indian currency, and introduction of GST (General Sales Tax) have been ill-conceived administrative steps, and pointing out at unproven irregularities in Rafale aircraft deal have not affected Narendra Modi’s popularity. In his second term, Narendra Modi has on his hand important tasks to fulfill he had made during the elections – creation of more job opportunities, initiating farmers’ welfare steps, alleviation of poverty, complete elimination of terrorist threats, and tightening of border security.
Indian citizens have voted for Narendra Modi with a lot of expectations and confidence; hopefully he will fulfil them.
-Contributed by J.V. Lakshmana Rao, a former National News Coordinator of Express News Service, New Delhi, and former Chief Editor of US-based India Tribune. He frequently travels between India and the US.
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