20 October, 2020

Opinion | 'Narendra Modi's Clean Image Cooled Heatburn Over Citizenship Amendment Bill'

While development was part of the BJP manifesto in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Narendra Modi's sparkling image swung votes for BJP even as regional parties and Congress struggled to maintain their identities, writes Dr Sabyasachi Mahanta

Opinion | 'Narendra Modi's Clean Image Cooled Heatburn Over Citizenship Amendment Bill'

On May 23, India lost a talking point; it’s favourite past-time. The elections were over, the results declared, and the BJP-led NDA turned in its best-ever performance, including in the Northeast where it won 19 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the eight sister states with contrasting temperaments. The BJP pitched pegs in nine of Assam’s 14 constituencies, its highest ever. The party’s hold on this isolated landmass of India is complete.

Now then, who’s ready for a little schadenfreude? The BJP decimated the Congress as well as the regional groupies—at least in Assam, where the fortunes of AGP and the Bodo Peoples Front are shrinking to the threshold, though they are NDA constituents. The BJP blocked every possibility of division of anti-Congress votes with its successful alliance with almost all reg­ional parties in the Northeast. That paid dividends as its allies in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim won 4 seats—adding to the NDA’s bloated tally.

That the party managed to turn the wheel around is no mean feat because...



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