First of all I take the opportunity on behalf of Naad to congratulate leader of masses Sh. Narender Modi for his historic win in general elections of 2019. This thumping mandate must bes een as pro-incumbency and pro-development. PM led the election campaign from the front and reached almost every corner of the country to campaign for the party. The hard work of PM Modi led to the historic moment wherein BJP crossed three hundred seats mark. The increase in BJP vote share from 31% in 2014 to 38% in 2019 is not sudden,but reflects the good governance model adopted by PM Modi. Last five years of central dispensation remained scam-free which is necessary for good governance.
Election of 2019 can be analyzed as Modi of 2019 Vs Modi of 2014. There is Modi only (TIMO) factor which clicked with the masses as they strongly believed in the impeccable integrity of PM Modi. The masses could see that here was a man who can deliver amidst all odds as they saw him working with utmost sincerity in last five years. The personal connection of PM Modi with countrymen was an advantage as everyone believed what the government was doing was for good of the nation. PM and his colleagues, besides BJP leadership, ensured that the welfare schemes do reach the poor and make them part of India growth story. It was this inclusive approach of PM Modi that endeared him to everyone. People loved him and some loathed him, but no one could afford to ignore him. Countrymen made sure that this Chaiwala is given a second chance to charter the growth of India. The reason is not far to seek because PM Modi lived up to his promises. He earned the trust of the masses as in one way or the other the central government schemes affected the lives of people. The schemes which were launched in last five years impacted the lives of most of the Indians. Some of these flagship schemes like :
Awas Yojana, Swach Bharat, Ujwala Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, Jan Dhan Beti Bachao, etc., had benefited the poor who till 2014 were struggling for their lives. PM Modi ensured that government schemes reach out to the poor and truly lived up to his slogan of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.
The masses believed that opposition has no credibility as the years of dynastic politics, nepotism, caste and appeasement politics had only impeded the India growth story. The BJP manifesto, which was released before elections, had something for every Indian and this was emphatically made public so that people can see for themselves the inclusiveness charted by the PM.
The other important factor to be noted is that 41% of the first-time voters voted for the BJP. This is mostly due to the connect which Modi has built with the young generations. His Man Ki Baat and message to children during their examinations had gone down well with them, which resulted in the large number of them voting for Modi.
Referendum on Security
This general election can also be considered as a referendum on Modi’s handling of the national security. The way Modi dealt with terrorism in last five years is commendable. It is to the credit of the PM that last five years did not see any terror attack on Indian mainland. Though challenges on Kashmir front were largely met with firm hand, yet much more needs to be done to completely neutralize the terror infrastructure.However,I hope the new dispensation lays the road map and uses all efforts to get rid of the terrorism emanating from various quarters.
Many people have been critical of Modi for raking up the security issue during run up to the elections. However, most pressing security challenge to India is from its neighborhood as the deepening nexus between China and terror state Pakistan is a cause of worry. Besides, Indian electorate retained the memory of Pulwama attack fresh in their mind which claimed more than 40 paramilitary jawans in Kashmir. The retaliatory airstrike at Balakote by Indian Air Force under the leadership of PM Modi earned him the credentials of a strong leader. Moreover, since many decades Indian people had an earnest wish for a strong leadership at the helm who can safe- guard the interests of the country from both China and terror State Pakistan, both of whom claim vast tracts of Indian territory. The handling of Doklam by the PM was also not forgotten by the masses as they saw the Modi not yielding any ground to Chinese and thus not succumbing to any pressure. People could also see that during last 8 months after withdrawing support to PDP-led government in Kashmir, the army has been given a free hand to deal with the terrorists. The large-scale hunt also code-named Operation All Out, also made a lot of impact among the people who were concerned about the worsening security situation in valley. All these factors on security front made an impact which was one of the reasons for voting back the present leadership.
The last five years also saw India’s prestige getting enhanced across the world. Many world leaders have acknowledged the role of PM Modi in shaping India relations with different countries across the world. Today, India has best of the relations with P5 countries, besides reaching out to South East Asian neighbours with a clear emphasis on Look East policy. However, the new govt must look to enhance its energy security scenario and explore alternate sources other than from West Asia.
New Cabinet – Experience, Expertise, Energy
On 30th May, Modi took oath again as the PM of India which was followed by his cabinet colleagues. The allocation of portfolios also clearly emphasizes the right blend of experience, expertise and energy. The allocation of Home Ministry to Sh. Amit Shah is a welcome step. The new HM is not new to such a post as he has previously handled similar post in Gujarat. Mr. Shah has an eye for details and is a no-nonsense person and is the one who means business. As BJP President he has been campaigning for abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. The times ahead are interesting as this man of energy must reshape the internal situation of country. Similarly, appointing career diplomat S. Jai shanker as minister for foreign affairs reflects that right man for right post has been chosen. We at Naad congratulate all the members of Council of Ministers and hope that Nation achieves higher goals under the able leadership of PM Modi and his cabinet colleagues. We shall wait for the day under new leadership of the country when the aborigines of Kashmir – The Kashmiri Pandits, are back in their homes and hearths in a dignified way and when Islamist supremacists are completely annihilated.