Tag: Elections 2019

LS polls 2019: Modi returns with bigger mandate; 10 reasons behind stunning victory

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah (Image: Twitter)

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the ruling National Democratic alliance (NDA) has come back to power with a greater verdict compared to 2014. The NDA has won over 350 out of 542 Parliamentary seats that went for polls for the 17th Lok Sabha. His party, the BJP, has won over 300 seats, 30 above the magic number needed to form government.

In contrast, main Opposition party, the Congress, could increase its tallies of 2014 polls only by handful of seats (from 44 to 52).  The party president Rahul Gandhi lost his seat Amethi, a family bastion, in Uttar Pradesh though won the second seat, Wayanad, from Kerala.

The results affirmed PM Modi’s claim a day after the final phase of polling that his party as well as all alliance  partners in the NDA would return with more number seats than in 2014 elections.

The marathon polling exercise was carried out between April 11 and May 19 in 7 phases, while the counting of votes were counted on May 23.

Political pundits list the following reasons for the stunning victory for the BJP-led NDA:

  • Decisive leadership and clean image of Narendra Modi
  • Welfare schemes and Direct Transfer of cash into beneficiaries’ accounts
  • Surgical strike and Balakot airstrike in response to terror attacks
  • Improved relations with other countries which helped isolate Pakistan, vis-à-vis terrorism, on the world stage
  • Amicable poll pacts with alliance partners stitched by BJP president Amit Shah
  • Effective poll strategy by Amith Shah with a focus on seats where the BJP was in the second place in 2014 elections in states like Odisha and West Bengal.
  • Abusive campaign against PM Modi by Opposition leaders, particularly Rahul Gandhi (with slogans like Chowkidar chor hai)
  • Personal ambitions of regional satraps, which came in the way of stitching a dominant alliance
  • Voters’ fear of a ragtag bunch coming to power, leading to political instability
  • Modi’s ability to convey the message and strike a chord with people
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Mystery behind Pakistan’s ‘fear’ about another attack by India

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Pakistani Foriegn Minsiter Shah Mehmood Qureshi (Image credit: India TV)

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has made a rather bizarre allegation against India. He told the media on Sunday that India is planning to attack his country between April 16 and 20.

Mr Qureshi claimed that he was making the allegation with full responsibility, as his country had credible intelligence inputs, suggesting India’s plans for another aggression.

Why would India, in the middle of the general elections, engage in military hostility with Pakistan?

India has immediately rejected the allegation.

“India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the foreign minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response.

Kumar also said, “This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.”

Is Pakistan planning for another terrorist attack on Indian soil to change the course of Indian general elections? Here is why this line of thinking looks plausible.

After the February 14th attack on CRPF Jawans convoy in Pulwama, Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, was heard hailing the suicide bomber for killing 40 CRPF soldiers.

More importantly, Masood Azhar was heard saying that the attack would destroy Narendra Modi politically for failing to stop the terror attack. (Listen to the audio @ India Today – Masood Azhar’s anti-Modi audio tape | Facebook)   

But soon Indian Air Force carried out airstrikes on Jaish terror camps in Balakot, inside Pakistan, on February 26, and Prime Ministr Narendra Modi’s popularity rapidly shot up.

Now, is Pakistan planning to give another shot with another terrorist attack right in the middle of the elections stop Narendra Modi from returning to power?