Modi Scripts History with a Thumping Second Win; Opposition Bites the Dust

24th May 2019 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent | 1 Comment
Prime Minister Modi lead the NDA to a resounding electoral victory in the 2019 Loksabha Elections

Prime Minister Modi led the NDA to a resounding electoral victory in the just concluded 2019 Loksabha Elections

New Delhi, 24th May, 2019:  History has been scripted yet again! Prime Minister Narendra Modi has successfully led his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory, sealing a second term as Prime Minister of India. In a hard-fought electoral battle, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) trounced the opposition to head for a massive win once more, with nationalistic politics taking centre stage. The BJP alone looks set to win over 300 seats, with 299 seats already won, out of the total 542 seats for which elections were conducted in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019.

In one of the most bitterly fought electoral battles in recent history, Modi’s unique mix of nationalist, welfarist and pro-development plank of politics won over family centered dynastic politics. It’s evident that the Indian voter had come out in astute support of stability and a projected strong leader like Mr. Modi.

“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again,” said PM Modi.

Conceding defeat President of the main rival party Indian National Congress and leader of the opposition coalition UPA, Mr. Rahul Gandhi congratulated PM Modi and the BJP. The 48-year-old himself lost to BJP leader Smrithi Irani in Amethi constituency in UP, a stronghold of the Gandhis which has elected his family members including himself to the Parliament for the last 39 years.

After early trends in counting clearly pointed towards an NDA win, congratulatory messages from world leaders, including China’s Xi Jinping, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, kept pouring in for PM Modi.

This is for the first time results of voting machines will be matched with VVPATs or slips generated by paper trail machines to ensure complete fair play in counting of votes.

While PM Modi is leading in Varanasi with a huge margin, Mr. Gandhi is leading in Kerala’s Wayanad, the second seat he contested from. This is the first time Mr Gandhi contested more than one seat.

PM Modi cruised to second term making significant gains in West Bengal, Odisha, and the North-East and holding his sway over the north, a traditional bastion of the BJP.

Decimating the Opposition alliances in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the BJP ensured that the Mahagathbandhan, the Congress, and the Grand Alliance do not remain in a position to pose any significant danger in its way to the pole finish.

Retaining Politically Crucial UP

In UP, dubbing the Mahahathbandhan of SP and BSP as Mahamilabat (Grand Adulteration), the BJP managed to keep the opposition onslaught at bay and just dropped 10 seats over its 2014 grand show. As expected, the defeat triggered a major churn in the Opposition ranks, particularly in the Congress.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the only Oaises for Opposition Congress

Southern states Kerala and Tamil Nadu came up as the Congress’s only saving grace as the grand old party couldn’t even open its accounts in several Northern and Eastern states. In Kerala, Congress-led UDF notched up impressive numbers at the expense of the Left, bagging 19 of the 20 seats. In Tamil Nadu, the DMK-led coalition demolished the AIADMK-BJP alliance, and succeeded in getting in 37 out of 39 seats.

The Road to the South Goes Through Karnataka

In Karnataka, first of the Southern states ever ruled by the BJP, the Party won eight more seats over 2014, ramping up 25 seats out of a total 28. The Party’s major NDA allies too, including Shiv Sena (18), JD (U) 16, LJP 6 and Akali Dal helped the alliance tally shoot up to a staggering 345.

“Thank you India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

Nationalistic Politics Takes Centre Stage

Modi, who made security, nationalism and strong leadership his main poll plank, as different from the pro-development plank in the 2014 elections, campaigned relentlessly on the Balakot plank and repeatedly dubbed the Opposition alliances examples of grand adulteration, lost just 10 seats in U.P. over the last poll performance.

Modi’s party retained nearly all seats in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, its traditional stronghold. The multi-phase poll in U.P., Bihar and West Bengal allowed the Prime Minister to concentrate on these States, reaping rich dividends for the party.

The Opposition’s efforts to pin down the government on issues like demonetisation, GST or the Rafale purchase could have little impression on the electorate. Worse, Gandhi’s trademark campaign of ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ seemed to have backfired on him and the coalition he led.

The most spectacular success for Modi’s BJP came from West Bengal, a former leftist bastion, where the party was leading in as many as 18 seats, over just two seats it won in last elections. In the face of stiff opposition from the Trinamool Congress and its chief Mamata Banerjee, the performance is seen as a major boost for the BJP.
World Leaders Congratulated PM Modi on His Massive Win

After early trends in counting clearly pointed towards an NDA win, congratulatory messages from world leaders, including China’s Xi Jinping, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, kept pouring in for PM Modi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin who was the first P-5 leader to telephone Modi expressed hope that the two leaders will work jointly to consolidate strategic partnership and further build on their chemistry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in in his letter noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with Prime Minister Modi to take the Closer Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height.

Pak PM Imran Khan in his message said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.”

In his conversation with French President, Modi Modi thanked France for steadfast support to India on critical issues.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, who shares a strong chemistry with Modi, reiterated his commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership to achieve their shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity. From the immediate neighbourhood, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina who also shares strong chemistry with Modi extended an invite to Modi to visit Dhaka.

“Congratulations on your re-election. The strong mandate reflects the results of your first term and the conseque .. consequent trust that the people of India repose in your leadership. Singapore appreciates the personal focus you have placed on developing our bilateral relationship… Singapore also welcomes India’s deepening engagement of the region, in line with your Act East policy,” Singapore PM wrote his congratulatory letter to Modi. Australian PM Scott Morrison hoped that he would be able to meet the Indian PM soon.

Top leaders from far and wide including the President and PM of Sri Lanka, Presidents of Cyprus and Zimbabwe Indian origin PM of Portugal, PMs of Nepal, Vietnam and Tanzania, also congratulated Mr. Modi on the thumping win and wished him well on his second term as PM of world’s largest democracy. The leaders expressed their wishes to have a friendly and cooperative relation with the Indian Republic under PM Modi’s Government.

Pradip Says:
May 24th, 2019 at 10:23 pm

Very articulate

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