Washington, March 14: BJPs massive win in Uttar Pradesh proves that PM Modi still remains the favourite of a nation and will continue to lead India after 2019. Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University lauded BJPs record win Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 and said, PM Modi remains favourite and may continue to lead India after 2019.
Referring to the U.P elections Ziegfeld said, “The Assembly elections do not signal much of a change. The Uttar Pradesh election results showed that the 2014 general elections were not an aberration. Same is the case with Punjab.” “It was a big win for the BJP. Its candidate won with a much larger margin of victory than compared to the two previous winners BSP and Samajwadi Party.”
Meanwhile, Sadanand Dhume, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute predicted PM Modi as “clear and favourite winner” for the 2019 elections. He said,”Modi is the frontrunner (for 2019).” However, he also revealed that the winning party played the cast card while pretending to be above it.
“Demonetisation is extremely popular. Indian people who have suffered themselves in the wake of the policy, it won their heart and mind. Here is this man of sincerity who struck a principled blow to corrupt and the rich,” Dhume, who was in the state during the elections said, referring to his conversation with people in Uttar Pradesh.
"Demonetisation is extremely popular. Indian people who have suffered themselves in the wake of the policy, it won their heart and mind. Here is this man of sincerity who struck a principled blow to corrupt and the rich," he said referring to his conversation with people in the state.
However, Irfan Nooruddin, a professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University predicted that in 2019, the BJP is unlikely to get a simple majority and Modi would rather be heading a coalition government.
BJP is running a disciplined election campaign state-by-state, while the opposition fails, he said. The party does not do good in a state where it faces a direct opposition. BJP is beatable if the opposition comes together, Nooruddin said, adding that the party gains where it faces a fragmented opposition and in 2019, anti-incumbency would kick in.
Interestingly, global media and world leaders have praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his outstanding work for the nation and his management and also lauded BJPs record win Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 by winning 312 of UP’s 403 seats, the biggest majority for any party since 1980.