Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi is heading for a big win in the Indian general elections. It will be first time since 1984 that a party will win back to back elections. BJP and its allies are leading on 353 seats while Congress and allies are leading on 88 seats. Modi’s own party BJP is leading on 296 seats more than the simple majority of 272 seats to form the government. The regional parties are leading on 110 seats. BJP is leading on most seats in UP, Assam, Karnataka, Gujrat, Bihar and Madiha Pradesh. The BJP and its allies have also made big gains in the South and East India.
The outright majority of BJP and its allies will likely to embolden the Hindu hardline rightwing extremist groups who want to push the Hinduata agenda in India. This is an alarming situation for Muslims and other religious minorities.
This result would also allow PM Modi to push ahead with his agenda of reforms to combat unemployment and rural distress that have persisted during his five years in power. Modi will take on the trade unions to push through the privatisation and deregulation policies. Trade unions resist the privatisation of banks, industries and services in the first five years of Modi government.
The Pulwama attack in Kashmir on military convoy in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed helped Modi to incite the anti- Pakistan sentiments. He rallied the rightwing forces on the issue of Kashmir and national security. He developed his image as a strong leader that can steer india out of any dangers and challenges.
BJP spend huge amount on the social media campaigns. It outspent Congress by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters this month. Modi’s strategy paid off at the end.
If the Modi is the real winner of this election then the Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is the real loser. His party is set to win just 51 seats. Congress was once the largest and most powerful party. It ruled India from 1947 to 1977 without a break. Now it has been reduced to couple of states.
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17 August, 2019