The largest democracy of the World, India begins counting its votes to elect a new government ending a vitriolic campaign which left the entire society more scarred and polarized in regional and caste line with BJP predicted to sweep the general election again.
As the EVMs are being taken out of the strong room, counting about to start, the BJP is gung ho and debate is no longer who is form the next government. But the question in everyone’s mind is BJP with brute majority or not brute majority.
The exit poll have predicted 300 plus figure for NDA and complete rout of Congress in the North East India too.
The North east India which has 25 seats is expected to give NDA 20+ seats and they are pretty confident to it. Although the campaigning was noisy and well fought but Exit poll have predicted a pretty one sided picture saying that it was a pro Modi vote.
The BJP as a party is happy but privately not euphoric as the party has gone to back burner. It is the Modi-Shah era and almost all top guns of the BJP are sidelined leaving the field wide open for Modi-Shah for years to come.
Over the last five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been credited with trying to tighten the administration, a strong foreign policy and high-profile campaigns like Swachh Bharat and make-in-India. But he has been attacked by the opposition over a slowing economy, failure to create jobs, a farm sector crisis and rising hate crimes by right-wing fringe groups. Buoyed by the exit poll estimates, the BJP has prepped a blueprint for its next term, built around the three themes of nationalism, national security and development.
The vitriolic campaign over the last months has seen polarisation in terms of religion, caste, sections, communities and economic groups. A tweak in the narrative came after the February 14 terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed, and the air strikes at Pakistan’s Balakot that followed.
Overnight, the BJP built its campaign around the theme of national security and nationalism, and only later, added development to it. The Congress, which kept its focus on the bread and butter issues – farm sector, jobs and economy – and the controversy over the government’s purchase of 36 Rafale jetfighters, was accused of neglecting the nation’s security and its armed forces.