BJP emerging as a largest party with a clear winner, after 20 years in UP reveals the fact that it has become a mass-based party with a charismatic leader. The saffron party has received unprecedented support from all sections of society. The BJP is unique among India’s political parties in that neither it nor its political predecessors were ever associated with the Congress. But the party’s win is also significant in UP’s electoral history; it’s only the third time that any party has managed to win more than 300 seats in the state. In addition, the BJP not only held on to its social base but managed to attract a large number of voters from other communities. There was an unparalleled consolidation of upper castes and middle classes behind the BJP.
It is a now universally acknowledged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a good orator and he can keep his audience enthralled and glued to every word of his. He is the first PM who has popularity all over world for his excellent and dynamic presentation making India very stable despite too much opposition. No politician in the past 30 years has occupied the public’s mind space as he has. It was evident from the day Modi took center-stage that the country had gravitated towards the man himself, not the party. He offered the image of clean backward class person from modest background to question the mighty dynasty and BJP offered the organizational support to project it properly.
For Modi, a victory in Uttar Pradesh has not just validated his tenure as PM so far, but it has cut a pathway to 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Only performers have won the election. Mere criticism will not have desired effect if it is not substantiated. The message is very positive and people’s interest lies in the progress and not in unnecessary protest and slogans. The Congress is surely losing its power base across the country, and for good reason. The decline and fall of Congress is an arresting story written time and again; but this time the party is at the nadir of its influence in national politics. The party’s failure to project a suitable chief ministerial candidate in most of the elections must have harmed its prospects. On ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ BJP is making a deeper dent. India has completely changed in last 15 years and the new generation wants development and an aggressive bold minded leader like Modi.
The manner in which the BJP has established its presence demonstrates how much popular faith it has won in the past three years of its tenure at the centre. The nation trusts Modi and so his policies should come up to the expectations and within the reach of needy and poor. The most impressive passion that Modi has exuded is the passion for development; the passion for the uplifting the living standards of the people in India and the joy with which he recounted simple yet memorable data-points.
Only performers have won polls. Mere criticism will not have desired effect if it is not substantiated. The message is very positive and people’s interest lies in the progress and not in unnecessary protest and slogans. The results are a lesson for the Congress Party; it is on a steady decline in the country’s political arena. The party’s revival pivots on its ability to address its crisis of credibility, encouraging State leaders, and functioning as a vigorous opposition in Parliament. The aim of our PM is to make India a developed nation while bringing about a complete transformation in the lives of the people through good governance, development and pro-poor, pro-farmer and pro-women policies. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should focus only on welfare of people in Congress led states and stop focusing on Modi.