Here are the 10 reasons why I think the current prime minister of Bharat, Narendra Modi should win a second term and be victorious, on May the 23rd, in the Lok Sabha elections:
1. Modi leadership
For the first time in 72 years, Bharatiyas are truly proud to be Bharatiya. This is due to Modi’s great standing as a global leader and Bharat’s ascent as a real force to reckon with. Vladimir Putin recently awarded him the highest national honor in Russia. Prior to that, he was also given national awards in South Korea and UAE. Bharatiyas in the country and abroad are proud of him.
2. Weak index of opposition
The opposition is unorganized, with no agenda and no strategy, other than a common disdain for the ruling party, the BJP and Modi. This index of opposition includes several regional parties, each of which has its own needs and agenda.
3. NOTA- No other alternative
Extensive exit polls recently conducted reveal that Modi is still immensely popular nationwide, by a long shot. No other contender comes close. Bharatiyas seem to not find any other alternative appealing. It has to be noted that both Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, who is the president of the main opposition party, the (INC) Indian National Congress, are out on bail and being investigated for massive embezzlement charges in the National Herald case.
4. Large mandate in government
With a weaker mandate and fragmented coalition government, several regional parties will be fighting for space for their own state level issues and the larger national issues like national security, fighting terrorism, economic growth, technological advancements and job creation will be neglected. It is imperative that a large mandate be reached so important policies can be implemented.
5. End of dynast politics
For 57 for the past 72 years, it was one party, the Congress party, that was in power. Unfortunately, this hegemony has caused a lot of negative consequences like nepotism, corruption, dictatorial rule, Bharat’s people seems to have really had enough, especially after the 10 years stint that ended in 2014. Bharat deserves more, better than what it has had over the past 6 decades.
6. Resurgence of national pride and fervor
In the wake of the dastardly Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir in February, where over 40 Bharatiya armed forces soldiers were martyred, the threat of radical Islamic terrorism is at its height. The involvement of state funded terrorism by Pakistan has alarmed the world, with most international leaders condemning this attack and pressuring Pakistan to take drastic steps to curb this terrorism. Religious terrorism is the biggest hurdle towards global peace that is facing the planet today and more needs to be done to address this problem.
We have seen a new Bharat rise to the occasion, which retaliated by using air strikes and wiping out scores of jihadists in the Balakot training camp. It showed the enemy and the world that we have a ‘zero tolerance to terrorism’ policy and that serious actions will be taken. A strong message has been sent out and an unexpected election result in 2019 may push back this military stance by several years to the dark days when there was absolutely no response to the infamous 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
7. Fastest growing economy in the world
For the past 5 years, growing at 7.8%, Bharat has been the fastest growing economy in the world. With IMF and the World Bank praising Bharat, most citizens feel confident that the country is going in the right direction. The middle class has grown exponentially in the last 5 years and more and more people have come out of poverty than ever before. In the next 10 years, it will move to become the 3rd largest economy, with the fourth strongest military and second largest consumer market. It is in Bharat’s interests that it appoints the right kind of decisive, strong, forward-thinking leadership to see it through to the future.
8. Consolidation of Hindu vote
The BJP has managed to consolidate the Hindu vote across all sects nationwide. For too long, Bharat’s electorate has been divided amongst the Hindus sects. But the PM has managed to unify Hindus across party lines and Hindu consolidation becomes a powerful weapon.
9. Social media engagement
The other day, Facebook removed 678 pages administered by the congress IT cells as it was against the rules of a fair election. In contrast, the BJP is a master strategist when it comes to social media and the PM is a pro in connecting with his fans through apps and programs like ‘Chai Pe Charcha’. Recently, Modi’s tweet, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ was the most tweeted tweet in the world, getting almost an entire country behind him. Bharat is shining on the global stage and Modi is seen as one of the strongest leaders globally. He was recently declared the most popular global leader on social media getting twice as many likes and followers as Donald Trump who came in second.
10. It’s in the Arithmetic
To win the majority of seats, a party needs to win the state of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in Bharat with a population of 200 million. This State accounts for 80 seats and in the 2014 elections, the BJP swept the state with winning 73 out of 80 seats, which was an incredible victory. It maintained its majority during the by polls of 2017 as well. Psephologists have been predicting a sharp dip in these numbers with the BJP set to lose 35 to 40 seats. But what they lose in UP, they gain in other States like West Bengal and the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. So its evens out in the end.
To conclude, unless there is some scandal that breaks out which entangles the PM or his Party, all road leads to a Modi re-election. It is extremely important that Bharat gets strong, stable, future- driven governance that it truly deserves. What happens in Bharat ripples across the world. So it shall be “Phir Ek baar, Modi sarkar”!
– by PREITY UPALA (freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who covers mainly Geo-politics, religion and Spirituality)
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